DEAR MISS MANNERS: I think it is lovely that people can go on vacations to wonderful and exotic places, but is it appropriate for them to share photos on social media of their luxurious trips?
One or two is fine, but when I see photo after photo of a vacation, I start to get uncomfortable. I was taught that it is not polite to share vacation photos in this way, in the same way that it is improper to talk about an expensive gift.
While the photo-posters may have the best intentions, I cannot help but feel that they are bragging about their ability to take such trips and should consider the feelings of those less fortunate.
GENTLE READER: Well, of course they are bragging. What do you think is the purpose of social media?
However, that need not be the only motivation for posting vacation pictures. People have always thought that others would be as interested in their travels as they are. They are wrong, of course.
Miss Manners considers the new method to be vastly superior to the previous one, in which the travelers would issue an apparently innocent social invitation and then bring out their home movies. The saving grace of social media is that one is not trapped with the perpetrators of boredom, but may safely skip exposure.