2017-10-22 22:20:49 UTC
Meanwhile, they reveal that they actually follow you closely through a partner's account or maybe they do in fact have their own account that they don't refresh or post to.
So here's my dilemma: my gut reaction is that it's creepy to have someone do this. It's a one-way e-friendship. Face-to-face friendships are different as it's an equal exchange when you meet up, but having someone follow every one of your posts without interacting, when they tell you they don't like social media because it's a privacy violation, is a lop-sided relationship.
The analogy might be two neighbours facing each other across the street. One keeps their curtains closed at night and the other leaves them wide open. The person with the closed curtains reveals that they watch you through a slit between their closed curtains. It's weird, amirite? So the natural reaction is to close your curtains so the neighbour can't look in your window, and if they want to catch up, you'll gladly do it by having a chat on the porch or going for a coffee. There's no anger or upset at all; it just feels creepy.
In Facebook terms that means setting your privacy so that posts are shared with "friends, except for...".
Am I making sense here, or am I being weird, overly sensitive and/or childish??