I liked a post on HuffPost by a 17 year-old adoptee. Absolutely thrilled that we are starting to hear from this current generation of adoptees. The post addresses questions that adoptee’s get asked. I liked her replies, and believe that she really took the time to craft her words to show when it’s okay, what’s borderline, and what crosses the line, for her.
The timing of this HuffPost article 5 Questions Adoptees Are Tired Of Being Asked (note most titles are not by the author) also leads into something that seems to be an ongoing contradiction on-line. Not a contradiction by the author, just something I mull on every time someone gets upset with an in-person interaction. People who use social media and seem very comfortable speaking without filters, some seem to spill a lot about their children, adoption, their lives, and yet, get offended when someone asks them a similar question at a park, church, work, the check-out line. The nerve! The same contradiction applies to being offended when someone offers a differing opinion about what they are doing in-person, yet are willing to give theirs anytime on Social Media…
Why is it okay to share in-depth details, offer differing opinions on-line to primarily strangers, but turn around and say it’s wrong for in-person strangers to ask them, or offer differing opinions on something face to face?