Travel blessed or travel bore? A point-counterpoint – Detroit Free Press

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Should you post travel pictures?

Here is a point-counterpoint from Free Press readers on whetherΒ to postΒ travel photos on social media, and whether doing so makes one a travel bore.

NO:Β  It is bad manners. β€œPeople like to put it all out there to brag about their adventures and need for attention.” (Kathy T.)

YES:Β It is good friendship: β€œWhat better way to see different places and things than through the eyes of your friends?” (Joan M.)

NO:Β You could be robbed by someone who knows you are away. β€œI never post pictures when I travel for security reasons.” (Denise A.)

YES:Β It’s safeΒ to post from aΒ trip. β€œWhen I’m traveling it is nice to post a few standout pictures, especially of family.” (Kathy T.)

NO: It’s bragging. β€œIt is fine to post once or twice. After that we get it: you are someplace that is warmer and more beautiful than where we are.” (Howard R.)

YES:Β True friends will be happy for you. β€œYou make it sound like people would feel jealous of their friends enjoying a good time.Β  Not a very good friend, then.” (Ann B.)

NO:Β It’s self-centered: β€œDo these people really think that the rest of us are enthralled with their lives?” (Nancy N.)

YES:Β It’s inspiring. β€œIf you are jealous of where other people go then use it as your inspiration to visit somewhere even nicer, but don’t ask them to turn down their shine to make your world look brighter.” (Jasen F).

NO:Β Pictures lie. β€œShe posted β€˜Just booked the honeymoon of my dreams to Hawaii, with the man of my dreams.’ A few hours prior she didn’t sound like she was in such a “dreamy” place. Let’s get real.” (Elizabeth J.)

YES:Β Pictures let others know you are safe and well. β€œThrough their photos I can vicariously visit places I could never see and I love to see their happiness.” (Beverly V.)

NO:Β It makes others depressed. β€œThose posts serve only to brag and flaunt things they might have that others don’t.” (Barb B.)

YES:Β It makes others happy. β€œBeing jealous of someone’s travel photos says much more about the viewer than the poster.” (Melissa L.)

NO:Β Travel pictures are annoying. β€œTheir Facebook feed is just a constant string of where they are eating dinner, where they are checking in, et cetera. There’s no polite way to tell them to just stop.” (Diane D.)

YES:Β Other pictures are even more annoying. β€œ50 pictures of someone’s dog is even more boring.” (Kathy C).

NO:Β There are too many travel pictures on social media.Β  β€œI’m in agreement on enjoying a few photos to know friends/family are fine while traveling. But please β€” 600 photos is just bragging.” (Janice G.)

YES: If it weren’t for travel and grandchildren and food pictures, there would be nothing on Facebook or Instagram.

“I’m not sure what would be left if we remove our travel and kid posts.” (Scott G.)

Travel blessed or travel bore? A point-counterpoint – Detroit Free Press

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