February 12, 2012 by admncc
Maybe it’s me, but I’ve recently found myself getting irritated with Facebook. Actually, maybe it’s certain wall posts as opposed to Facebook as a whole. For example, a buddy of mine changed his relationship status from “Married” to “It’s Complicated.” As a result, some people were commenting and asking him what was going on. So I decided to e-mail him directly. I asked how he was doing, he was very defensive and said, “Oh, everything is fine. It’s nothing. We’re fine.” Well, if that’s the case; why in the hell did you publically change your relationship status and reveal it to your 400+ friends. Clearly he was trying to put it out there for a reason, but then backtracked on it afterwards.
Another example is a friend of mine posting, “I’m going to Germany for 18 months.” That post was followed by numerous comments and people saying “what,” “when” and “why didn’t I know.” That night she admitted that she really wasn’t traveling abroad, and that it was a post for charity? But that came after nearly eight hours of comments from concerned friends not knowing what the heck was going on.
And the final examples are the posts that are just plain ridiculous. The ones that say, “I’m lying on the couch,” “I’m at the gym” or “I’m cleaning the living room.” Seriously, do people really care?
Maybe my philosophy is different than others. I can’t stand the games and stupid application requests. I’ve always used Facebook for two purposes – to keep in touch with friends and to reconnect with those who I might not otherwise have had the opportunity to. I can do without everything else. But maybe some people truly do care when their friends are doing all the time. But I say…if you don’t have something worthwhile to say, don’t post it at all.
Interestingly, my friend, Jill, actually did a study on this topic. She is single and not dating anyone. Most people know this. So she decided to change her Facebook relationship status to “Married,” indicated she was moving abroad and then did not respond to any comments for 10 days. The concern of friends who thought she got married without telling anyone was fascinating and eye-opening. She even had a profile created for the man she married. As a result, her page was exploding with comments. But I guess that just shows you the madness of social media.
So do you post your life on there or do you want to read about others’ lives. What is your Facebook philosophy?