This week many people on the internet seem to have forgotten the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” rule because social media has been loaded with what I call the “at leasts.” Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites—I’ve seen the “at leasts” everywhere. It doesn’t matter what someone says or how they say it or when they say it, someone else will still feel the need to “at least” them like it’s some kind of competition. Like this:
Status Update: My pregnancy is making me so nauseated. I can hardly keep any food down. Ugh!
Comment: At least you can get pregnant.
Status Update: I think the cleaning woman broke the 100-year-old family heirloom picture my grandmother left me. I’m devastated.
Comment: At least you can afford a cleaning woman.
Status Update: Ran 2.5 miles in 20 minutes. My feet are so sore!!
Comment: At least you have feet. And paved streets. And you’re educated enough to know how to use a stopwatch.
Status Update: Just spent 10 minutes on the phone with my mom. She drives me crazy!
Comment: At least your mom still speaks to you.
Status Update: I’m such a spazz! I totally burned the hubs’s dinner tonight.
Comment: At least you have a hubs and didn’t have to force your cats to sit at the dining room table with you. At least you didn’t have to go to Urgent Care because Tinky and Winky escaped their high chairs after dessert and scratched you senseless.
Status Update: It’s so cold in Iowa today. I’m freezing!
Comment: At least you’re not here in Canada where it’s -200 degrees windchill. There’s been a f-ing goose frozen to my leg since last Tuesday.
Status Update: My daughter fell down and broke her arm today. I haz the sads.
Comment: At least she’s not in a full body cast like I was in ’85.
Status Update: It’s such a glorious day today!
Comment: At least it will be until big government tries to take it away from us.
Status Update: It really bothers me when I get snarky comments from friends.
Comment: At least you have friends.
So please, if you’re going to leave a comment for someone, at least make it nice. It’s the least you can do.