Social Media Etiquette For Egg Donors
As social media continues to become an integral part of American society, it’s becoming more and more likely that you may not remember a time in your life before you used these sites. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat make it fast and easy to share our lives with the world with just a few swipes of our fingers. While most egg donors decide not to share their experiences openly, others will choose to post about their journey. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to make your experience public.
- What happens online, stays online. Forever. Or at least it can. Cached web pages, Facebook shared posts, screen grabs, retweets, and print offs are all things that can make a comment made in haste and later deleted impossible to ever really go away. While venting frustration can feel very good in the moment, a minute’s worth of release can lead to a lifetime of regret if you’re not cautious.
- You’re dealing with someone else’s child. Egg donation is private, and your intended parents are not likely to ever see things that you post about your journey. However, it is important to consider the things that you’ll be saying about the process before posting them.
- Keep in mind that you’re also an ambassador. Your posts not only represent you, but Growing Generations and the egg donation community as a whole too. While the process is mostly a simple and smooth, it can cause some discomfort. Keep in mind that most people have never met an egg donor, and your words may shape their opinion about egg donation.
Perhaps the best bit of advice to bear in mind is, “When in doubt, ask first.” If you plan to blog or Facebook post about your journey, plan to make that a point of discussion during your initial application and screening process. If nothing else, our staff may be able to point you in the direction of similar donors to offer you some motivation!