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June 24, 2013

‘Not suitable for work’ — or anywhere


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Just like some people may check their email or stocks all the time, I like to keep check on my Twitter account everyday.

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, it is an online social network where users can send and read messages of up to 140 characters. These little messages are better known as “tweets.”

Checking Twitter and reading all the latest tweets is a hobby I also share with my wife, Carmen.

In fact, we actually first met on Twitter. Our wedding decorations and themes were even inspired by the blue bird in the Twitter logo.

So this will likely not be my last column making a reference to something Twitter-related.

Since joining Twitter, I’ve always been amazed by what people can squeeze into 140 characters. And by following my friends, favorite sports teams, news services and some celebrities, I never really know what to expect while browsing my feed.

I have also found it interesting all the abbreviations used on Twitter so people can squeeze every thought possible into those tiny tweets.

Of course you have the old favorites like LOL (laugh out loud) and BFF (best friend forever). Then there are the abbreviations BTW (by the way) and TTYL (talk to you later).

But the other day I came across an abbreviation used in a tweet I had never seen before. The abbreviation was NSFW, and I had no idea what it stood for.

So I immediately searched it on Google, and discovered the letters stood for “not suitable for work.”

What this suggests is the tweet probably includes a link to something that you should not be looking at or listening to in a public or work-related environment.

It may include things like nudity or profanity which would likely get you into trouble if your boss happened to be looking over your shoulder.

Thus, if you so desire to look at the NSFW material, you should probably do so in the privacy of your own home.

My opinion, however, is if it is not suitable for your eyes and ears at work, then it is probably not suitable for your eyes and ears anywhere else.

Just because you may choose to watch something obscene at home instead of work really doesn’t make it any better.

Sure, you may not get suspended or fired from your job when you click on that NSFW link at home. But even though your boss may not be watching over you all the time, the Lord always is.

Proverbs 15:3 reminds us that “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

It is so very important to keep that thought in mind.

The sinful things we do or watch at home may not have any immediate consequences, but in the long run could lead us down a dangerous road.

The more and more we indulge ourselves in such activities, the further away we push ourselves from God.

So instead of wasting the extra two letters in a tweet, I think the abbreviation should just be shortened to NS, for “not suitable.”

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com