“Older people make for easy comedy,” says Newman. But just because a relative says something you deem hilarious doesn’t mean you can live-tweet the dinner conversation without pausing to think of repercussions.
“I hate the idea of taking comedic advantage of other people’s vulnerability,” says Newman. What’s more, social media life should follow the same basic etiquette rules as real life. “You wouldn’t make fun of somebody behind their back. Avoid being mean,” she says. If you know that the person would find the comment entertaining, and would welcome a little bit of positive press, feel free to send it into the universe. But check in with your motivations to ensure they are loving and genuine.