I don’t see how it is. Depends on who you’re telling I guess. I don’t think random strangers need to know, but if you’re telling friends or people on a forum site, I don’t think it’s wrong. That doesn’t mean an entire Fluther question is necessary to do that (not that anyone has done that before [maybe?], but I’ve seen people start threads on other sites to announce their birthday and some people saw it as blatant attention-whoring…)
Or do what I did a couple years ago and change your birthday on Facebook to March 6th even though that’s not your birthday, just to see who will respond so you can find out who your “true friends” are :P
I always feel a little bit embarrassed when somebody (the actual person with the birthday) brings it up. Because I feel like I’m being on the spot, and I don’t have a gift for the person and then I have to say an on the spot Happy Birthday when I had no chance to even think about it. It’s especially bad when it’s somebody that I barely know, or don’t even know at all.
I would never come out and say it’s my birthday. I would feel like I was trolling for gifts.
No way, I love birthdays. Mine is next week! I have said this on Fluther many times, but I think it’s wonderful to take one day out of the year to celebrate your own life. I think we should do more celebrating over our own lives.
ETA: Oh jeez, I’m a moron. lol. I totally missed the other replies until afterward. Bad Nef.
Happy Birthday, Dutchess!! Hope you have a beautiful day, celebrate and eat lots of cake!
By the way, the 3rd of June was my birthday!
I guess it is a remains of when we were children, remember how we were excited for days before the actual birthday was there?
It wears down of course, in the tweens years, but i think some of us still feel that it can’t go by unnoticed.
A colleague of mine was absent one day but came by around three in the afternoon.
We chatted a bit about nothing, when suddenly he stated, all smiles, that today was his birthday (50) .
We asked where the sweet pie was (it is common here that you ‘voluntarily’ bring some).
He said: “Ah, don’t worry, I will get it in a minute, after which I will go home and eat it with my parents”.
Yes, poor taste and remember it is only just another day in the planet’s history. Spend your attention deficit energy in helping somebody else who has no attention and is in need. Even a lonely relative. Birthdays are overrated.
I rarely admit to when my birthday is. Usually only when someone puts a great deal of pressure on me. I passed it recently and it wasn’t too bad. Cake and ice cream. Even candles! I think my kids enjoyed it more than I did, and also I got the first piece. Usually the only time I get first piece is when I’m alone.
I didn’t tell anyone in the real world…just you guys! I didn’t even tell my husband! Although, I think he remembered at the last moment, cause that morning he rushed out on a secret errand and came back with two beautiful cards, and squirt gun and some potting soil. : )