Yet again, someone on my friend/family Facebook did a status update that left me thinking "Listen, either TELL or DON'T TELL. Those are the options." I'm thinking of setting up awards for it: instead of "Oh, what HAPPENED??" responses (which I never do anyway, because The Tease sets up an instant cold stubbornness in me), I'll go directly to "ULTIMATE TEASE AWARD." Maybe I can arrange some text to look like a wee trophy.
..Except I CAN'T, because maybe this time something ACTUALLY SIGNIFICANT has occurred, and I will look like a flippant jerk. Plus, I've seen other people making remarks of that sort to the teasers, and yet the teasers keep doing it without realizing how annoying it is, perhaps because for every "Come on, either tell or don't, but don't TEASE!" comment, there are a dozen apparently gratifying "WHAT HAPPENED??? CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR!!!" comments. I'm so TIRED of this. Why do people give the response they're being manipulated into giving? Aren't THEY tired of it TOO?
When the news DOES finally come, it's almost never at the level of drama it was set up to be. That's probably what I'm REALLY mad at: the feeling of having been manipulated into giving all the responses and attention we'd give for Big News, when the person knew the news itself wouldn't warrant the level of hype they were giving it. It's a fake-out, a bait-and-switch.
Have you already seen this great xkcd.com comic?
There is sometimes an additional level of disappointment to deal with. When, for example, someone has been trying for a baby for a year, and then posts, "I hope to have some exciting news to share soon!!!," the news of her promotion causes more sadness than she realizes. If she'd waited until she was allowed to announce the promotion to mention it, the reaction would have been all happiness.
I've started seeing statuses that know to be self-conscious about it BUT DO IT ANYWAY. "I know, everyone hates vague statuses---but I REALLY CAN'T tell you my news yet!!" O RLY? Then DON'T TELL IT. There is no rule that you must SAY you have a secret. And in fact, in our house there is a rule against it: you may not prance around in front of your siblings singing "_I_ know something YOU don't know, _I_ know something YOU don't know!" It doesn't seem as if adults would need that rule enforced anymore.
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