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Is it in poor taste to tell people that it's your birthday, just so you can get some attention?

Asked by Dutchess_III (36153points) July 24th, 2011


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Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

I guess if that is the reason you mention it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What other reason would there be to mention it @Russell_D_SpacePoet?

jaytkay's avatar

Whatever you like. Some people never tell. That’s me, the attention embarrasses me.

Some people tell everybody, they love it. My best friend throws himself a big party every year.

I have no grand theory about why that is, or what it means. Just an observation. Whatever makes you happy.

Blackberry's avatar

Yep. I don’t tell anyone it’s my birthday, although some get upset when they found out I didn’t say anything lol.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK, @Blackberry….just so you won’t get upset…I’m doing this for you…....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ IT’S MAH BIRTHDAY!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

jaytkay's avatar

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W O O H O O ! !
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chyna's avatar

Happy birthday DutchessIII!!!!!

DominicX's avatar

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

Happy Birthday, bt dubs :)

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

How many booty slaps are due to you @Dutchess_III? I’d say what… 28, 29, and one to grow on? I’m in! Happy Birthday!

wundayatta's avatar

@Dutchess_III !!!!!!!


Emerald earrings coming in overnight mail.

Blackberry's avatar

@Dutchess_III Touche, Dutchess…...Touche. Lol. Happy birthday.

Kardamom's avatar

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.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

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!

everephebe's avatar

Happy birthday!
Mine is in three days.

AmWiser's avatar

@Dutchess_III You’re on Fluther, nothing is in bad taste.:D

Russell_D_SpacePoet's avatar

@Dutchess_III well, you might mention it if someone is asking you to do something and you have plans for your b day. Or you could mention it in the context of, Hey, it’s my birthday lets go party.

rebbel's avatar

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”.

janbb's avatar

Facebook, Fluther – where else do you want me to say it?

Happy Birthday Val!

tedibear's avatar

Happy birthday, @Dutchess_III ! Yesterday was my bff’s birthday, and Friday was my niece, so this week must breed some wonderful people!

Pandora's avatar

Why not tell. Its only one day a year and everyone deserves a little attention. No matter what the reason. But birthdays is a good reason.
Happy Birthday @Dutchess_III.

josie's avatar


filmfann's avatar

If you want attention, streak the mall.
But I gave you lots of lurve for this, anyway.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thanks guys!
@Kardamom .. Where’s mah present!!? :)

dannyc's avatar

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.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@dannyc IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! was.

Berserker's avatar

If it was in real life, I would never admit it, but I like when people wish me a happy birthday. But since it makes me feel like a suckup to point it out to people, I never do.

I don’t think it’s in poor taste to do so though, birthdays are supposed to be about fun!

Also, happy birthday. ^^

wundayatta's avatar

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.

Kardamom's avatar

Ok @Dutchess_III

Here is your present. I hope it’s as good for you as it was for me! : – P

Dutchess_III's avatar

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. : )

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