Social media is becoming an outlet for a variety of purposes and offers society the freedom to share thoughts, opinions and pictures.

But when is it not appropriate to share things publicly?

Depending on who the person is, they may enjoy sharing every possible moment on Facebook, or they may choose to keep some things private. But when it comes to sharing moments in the hospital, that's where some may choose to draw the line.

Although it's still a matter of opinion, some area hospitals may enforce a new rule when it comes to social media.

"It's something that's a possibility, I know that our social media team reviews processes and procedures to kind of see what are things that we need to keep an eye on and things that we may need to put policies and procedures in place for," said Rick Thiesse, media spokesperson for Mayo Health System.

It's common for friends and family to share photos on Facebook of loved ones at the hospital. But if patients aren't conscious, the family may want to think twice.

"It just depends on the situation, I think families kind of have to keep in mind of what their family member would want and I think that's the most important thing," said Thiesse.

For some patients, the freedom for family members to post as they please, poses a real concern.

"I have a son that was visiting my brother when he was dying at veterans in Milwaukee and he was in there about five hours before my brother passed away and for some reason my son decides to take a picture of him at the very worst thing that you could ever look like when you're dying," said Rose Bump, a patient at Mayo Health System.

It's a trend among many, and a trend that some say is unethical.

"I see no reason to do that, he had it on his phone camera even taking it on that and not putting it on social media , what do they want to remembrance of how bad they looked then," said Bump.

Hospital officials say even though families may want to really think about what they're posting before they do, it's important to keep one thing in mind:

"There is things that families do for reasons," said Thiesse.