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Would you live-tweet someone’s break-up?

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Would you live-tweet someone’s break-up?

Last week, Brooklyn comedian Kyle Ayers live-tweeted a couple’s break-up. He was minding his own business on the rooftop of his building when a couple started fighting in front of him. So for the next hour Kyle tweeted everything the couple said. Hilarity ensued. The exchange between the couple is quite funny—you can’t help but laugh when the girlfriend asks if they will ever live together and the boyfriend responds “Yeah but what is, like, living together. Like what’s an apartment mean?” As funny as it was, I started to feel horrible that I was laughing at someone else’s pain. I felt like the bystander who was watching someone be bullied. It wasn’t okay. It’s disturbing that in today’s age nothing is private anymore. If you do something in public, then someone is going to tweet, Facebook or Instagram about it. Even as I sit here, disturbed by this trend, I realize I am totally guilty of doing it myself. I often tweet the weird things people do around me— a lady removing her dentures on the bus or a young girl having a very loud conversation on the train about what a jerk her boyfriend is. It’s bad of me I know, but sometimes people need reminding that the gross and private things they do in public shouldn’t be done. And maybe that’s why Kyle tweeted this break-up, to tell this couple to take their argument somewhere private. A break-up is incredibly personal and often devastating, so don’t do it on a rooftop where anyone can hear. But whatever Kyle’s reasons—justified or not—I don’t think it was okay for him to tweet this couple’s break-up so other people could laugh at them. And I’m going to make a genuine effort not to tweet the embarrassing things people do in public. Instead I’m going to tweet the sweet things people do—like the nice man who holds open the door for me. Have you ever shared an embarrassing event on social media? ©iStock/AdamRadosavljevic   
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