Today has been one of those days that has reminded me of how much social networking is completely ruining human interaction and how irritating it can really be. As a self-proclaimed Facebook addict, I am ready to get up on my soapbox and share with all the Wonderlings what drives me crazy about my favorite, irritation-inducing website.
1) Random People Asking to Be My Friend
When it comes to my personal Facebook account, my main agenda is to keep in touch with family and friends. Pictures and news are shared amongst people who often can’t get together because they are separated by miles, time zones, and busy schedules. You can understand my frustration when I get requests from people who are just trying to increase the number of “friends” on their profiles or want to share their thoughts with strangers. For me, Facebook is not the place for such interactions. That’s what blogs are for, especially because you can subscribe to someone else’s opinions without them having to subscribe to yours.
2) Political/Religious/Moral Discussions
Wasn’t there a time when it was rude to talk about money, religion, or politics? Now that practically everyone is online, people are finding it easier to connect with others who share similar ideals. However, I get so tired of repeated efforts to sway the opinion of voters, agnostics, or people who just don’t care. Everyone needs a cause, but spamming my news feed with pro-/anti-cause propaganda is only bound to get your posts hidden.
3) A Play-by-Play of Someone’s Every Move
No one wants to know what you eat at every meal (or what it looks like for that matter), every event you attend, how great or awful your day was, or why you just can’t understand something. There is such a thing as too much information and if you find yourself posting status updates more than once a day, you’re probably guilty of over-sharing.
4) Playing the Pity-Me Card
Do you know anyone who frequently posts things like “Why do bad things always happen to me?” or “Just another shitty day…?” Wah wah wah! Friends can only extend so many virtual hugs and offers of support before their sympathetic resources are depleted. Eventually, cries of anguish are going to fall on deaf ears and blind eyes. Repetitive mopey posts by repetitively mopey people will be repetitively ignored. Plain and simple.
5) “Cleaning Up My Friends List” Posts
I’ve never really understood why people feel the need to declare that they’re cleaning up their friends list. The only thing I can think this accomplishes is to inform whoever it is that is being deleted that they are soon to be deleted just so they’ll notice. Why even announce it?!?! I’m not in the habit of deleting people off my profile, but when I have, it was a matter of personal preference that I didn’t feel needed the attention of everyone who reads my statuses.
6) Fighting With Spouses Through Status Updates
Speaking of deleting people, I recently unfriended some casual acquaintances who were married and shared a profile. In the last year, their relationship status has changed from “married” to “it’s complicated” to “single” and then back to “married” in one day more than a dozen times. After what seemed like the 48th time of witnessing their constant fighting in my news feed, I had enough and unfriended the perpetually unhappy duo. Chances are, if you’re fighting your battles on the internet, I don’t put much stock in your relationship going the distance.
7) Checking Into Places Like the Grocery Store
I am guilty of checking into places. However, I limit my check-in’s to places that I rarely visit (usually when I’m on vacation) as more of a way to capture fun times and less of a this-is-where-I-went-today series of diary entries. I don’t share when I have a doctor’s appointment or when I work out at the gym. If I wouldn’t care that one of my friends went to any of these places, why would they care if I did?
8) Taking Things Personally
Nothing bothers me more than people taking the internet so freakin’ seriously. I have personally dealt with folks being bothered that their friend requests weren’t accepted, engagement or birth announcements were received in a news feed rather than through snail mail, or found out that friends were hanging out without extending the invitation to all friends. Get over it! The internet is not the end-all-be-all of existence. How about putting some time into maintaining relationships in the real world rather than the virtual? Sometimes, I long for simpler days without the extreme sensitivity of the masses.
9) Mushy Declarations of Love
We get it, you’re in love. I’m all for couples sharing wedding, vacation, and family photos or exciting, life-changing news. What I don’t like is couples that post endless musings about how much they love the person they are with. An “I love you” every once in a while is fine, but if you check out someone’s wall and all you can see are posts from their significant other gushing about how amazing they are, my eyes will have inevitably rolled into the back of my head and I may or may not slam my forehead into the nearest wall. I can’t help but feel that these excessive online displays of affection are insincere and lacking any real depth. It just seems so phony to post daily about how wonderful someone’s partner is. If you want to do that, do it in private.
10) Copy and Paste Statuses
These have become the chain letters of the 21st century. Between the “post if you know someone who has battled cancer” to the “re-post if you support the troops,” they are all meaningless. For the record, many of my family members have succumbed to cancer and working for the military, I most definitely support the troops. Whether or not I re-post those generic statuses does not change anything.
Ok, I’m off my soapbox.