The other day a friend I were talking about Facebook and the variety of public messages we see posted that catch us off guard. In particular we were discussing the phenomenon of Facebook PDAs, or public displays of affection. As anyone who's been subject to an actual, in-person PDA can attest, they can be awkward for the poor souls caught within view of the spectacle. One minute you're sitting in the food court enjoying some cheese fries and a Coke and the next thing you know there's some pretty young thing getting mauled...I mean kissed...by her boyfriend at the next table.
Well, what about the social networking version of the PDA? Have you been subject to one of these? Have you made the mistake of accepting friend requests from a pair of love birds who don't either don't know or don't care that the messages they post on each others walls end up getting posted on all of their friend's home pages as well?
The friend I was speaking to about this mentioned a couple that we are both friends with online and their constant lovey-dovey-mushy-gushy posts on each others walls. The posts aren't exactly vulgar or obscene, but they're still intimate. They're the kind of things that a couple would usually share during a quick snuggle while waiting for the coffee to brew in the morning or while cuddling on the couch, sneaking in a smooch during a commercial break. Just like that hands-on couple at the next table in the food court, they are oblivious to the fact that other people aren't interested in observing their romantic interactions, even if it's just a Facebook wall post.
So my friend and I are wondering what we do about the problem. Do we say something? It's certainly tempting to toss out a "Get a room" in the comments section, but that seems just as inappropriate as the status itself. So do you un-friend them, hide them or just plain ignore them?
We haven't come to a consensus about the correct response yet, and I suppose every situation is a little different depending on your own relationship with the "offenders", but how would you handle a situation like this?