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Why people see obscene stuff on innocent Facebook posts


Facebook is a fun place. It's mostly filled with the wonderfully trivial stuff that makes our lives a joy - dogs, families getting together, cats. I post photos on Facebook every day, mostly my garden and my dog.

And if you've seen the comments that some people post that seems to see something obscene, you may have gone "huh"? But there is an easy answer for that - no one wants to miss out on the joke, and look foolish.

Young or old, we don't want to give the impression that we're so out of it that we didn't get whatever the obscene reference might be. This is especially true of very young people and very old people, who want to be seen as "hip". So, they look at a shadow of a tree, see something obscene, and imagine that that is the reason for the photo. Haw haw! I get it!

Of course, everything is a potentially obscene image. Every statement can be followed up with "that's what she said". And for people who are thirteen, or perpetually thirteen, they really do see this stuff. And they comment to show that they saw it. They're hip! At least, they think so.

If that sounds like you, and if you're seeing obscene stuff all of the time, you may want to step back and reexaime your point of view. The image at the top of this post is a cute kitten. That's all. For a lot of people, that's a wonderful thing, worthy of being posted on Facebook. There's no innuendo, there's nothing obscene.