Top Ten Facebook Pet Peeves.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Admittedly, I am a huge fan of Facebook. I think it is a great way to connect with old friends, share information, and stay involved in each other's lives. It is probably my first click in the morning, my last at night, and throughout the day I am definitely guilty of scanning status updates on my phone. Considering I have moved quite a bit throughout my life, I think of it as a great gift that I am able to still share in the lives of friends, who without it, I probably wouldn't communicate with short of a Christmas card or phone call each year. That being said, there are CLEARLY some annoyances that come with the good, and I figured why not share with you some of my Facebook pet peeves. I know I'm not alone in finding most of these things to be less than desirable, and if there is an "unofficial" users guide to "the book," in my mind of these should be in it. I find all ten to be equally annoying, but number 10 is the one that I have found myself having to bite my tongue err finger at the most. I would be lying if I said that I had never broken one of my cardinal rules, but those of you who are friends with me can attest, most of the time I try to avoid these like the plague. 
  1. People who incessantly update their status with EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of their lives. Nobody cares what you are eating, when you woke up, where you are working, or how busy your day is. These topics in moderation are fine, but when you mention them every 5 minutes it becomes unbelievably annoying. If you want to write about every detail of your life, join twitter, this is why God created it. 
  2. People who send out vague status updates just begging for people to ask questions. Tell us up front what the hell you are talking about. Example: "I am so worried, this is the worst thing that could happen, how is this going to end?" At this point 20 or so people will say, "OMG, what's wrong, what is going on?" and the worst is most of the time the poster will never answer!!! If you don't want people to know your business, don't put it in a status update. Oh, and the best is... "I'm just so over it." OVER WHAT????????  Is it that hard to finish the sentence?
  3. People who post on their wall. There is nothing like going on and seeing 41 vacation photos, in a string, on your news feed. This is why there is an "album" feature... use it.
  4. People who CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN. It's really just a buzz kill to always hear how bad your life is. I'm not sure if people do this so everyone will feel sorry for them, or so they will get dozens of compliments.... which leads to number 5. 
  5. You know you are not fat, ugly, stupid, professionally inept...etc so STOP saying you are. Clearly, you are only looking for people to negate these comments. We get it. We love you. We shouldn't always have to tell you. This is attention seeking at its worst.
  6. People who make up those annoying polls. Do I, or anyone else, care what the best burrito is at X restaurant? No. Do I care if you think the president is doing a good job? No. Let's be honest, you don't either!
  7. People who pick political fights with STRANGERS (this should also include picking political fights in general, but I get that some people just can't help themselves.) I can't tell you how many times I have "liked" a friends status, or agreed with something they wrote, only to get attacks from 15 of their "friends." Really? I don't even know you? It was YOUR friend that wrote the message... why, oh why, am I your new enemy? 
  8. People who write hateful, homophobic, racist, sexist,  (name your ist here) links or updates. Facebook is the only place where you are "friends" with people who you either don't know well, or knew a VERY long time ago. Please don't constantly remind me why we don't hang out anymore, and when I de-friend you, please don't message me and make me spell it out for you. Some thoughts are better left INSIDE your head. 
  9. People who constantly write posts about how they are going to change their lives. Everyday you write the same thing. Clearly, nothing is changing. I have an idea... get of the computer and DO what you keep actually saying you are going to do. 
  10. Finally, my number one pet peeve: Facebook PDA. Can someone PLEASE explain to me why people find it necessary to write on their spouse's, partner's lover's, one-night-stand's wall so that EVERYONE can view and comment on what an "amazing" spouse/partner/lover/lay they were/are. Listen, you people live together, you have each other's phone number, you can text/call/email/nudge the person to say "I love you more and more each day and you are the light in my life, and the reason I am alive." By writing it on a wall, or putting in your status you are ONLY doing it so everyone can say how sweet you are, which totally cheapens anything you put in a message. I'm not saying a "happy anniversary to my wonderful husband" is out of line, but anything beyond that, not limited to pet names, is just way too much. (This is coming from someone who also thinks hand holding is totally awkward and unnecessary.)
So that's it. Those are my pet peeves! Am I missing anything? What makes you want to delete your account (as if I could ever get the nerve up to do such a thing.)

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drmom said...

AMEN! Especially to #10 - I (and my husband) want to seriously gag when I see these posts from our married friends like "Love you!" "Love you too". Good Lord!

Grams said...

Well said! I especially abhor venomous and ignorant political comments, particularly about the President. Sometimes you win and sometimes we win, but whoever wins is THE president. Suck it up and deal with it.

I would add that people need to "save the drama for their mama." I don't care who dissed whom or who hurt your feelings. If you don't like what someone says to you, there is an "un-friend" option. Use it.

Tara @ Mum-ments said...

Oooo Number 2 is my biggest peeve drives me absolutly crazy!
Dont get me wrong ive been guilty of it but i try with all my might not to do it anymore or at least answers the concerned comments!
I also love the people who delete their statu's if someone wrotes something they dont like or if not enough or anyone at all comments on it
Seriosuly is it a popularity contest? Who cares who comments or how many just leave it there, why they feel the need to pretend and "edit" their life is beyond me.

great post hun most definnatly relate!

Aquarian by Heart said...

Wow, you got it so right!!! I used to be addicted to FB too until people started doing these 10 things. Argh!

May I post your link on my FB account just so people will know and hopefully stop all of this?

Rob and Amber said...

Have you checked out HI-larious!!

jaimie arnold baird said...

you kill me! hilarious!

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Grace in TN said...

Okay, I am not on Facebook, so I only have one pet peeve - people saying "OH MY GOD YOU'RE NOT ON FACEBOOK?!?!?" :)

Mira said...

Agree with all of the above.

I will admit to removing a handful or so 'friends' from my account because it. You know, all those people you went to high school with that you never really spoke to, you can barely even remember their names, but you're both curious about what they're doing now so you befriend each other on FB only to find they are negative, needy whiners lol.

Great list YM.

minervabird said...

Well done. Precisely the reasons I'm not on Facebook. I'd rather call or write old friends, as a lot of social networking is really superficial.

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Kerrianne said...

So True! Your # 1 is definitely my #1 gripe also. I need to add one. It may make me seem mean but I swear I'm not. I cannot stand when people brag about how cute their kid is or how smart their kid is. I have two cute, smart kids myself, but I would never brag about them all day. What if the mom I was bragging to had a child who was struggling in school or a sick child? We never know what others may be going through. I also don't think it's a great idea to have my kids grow up thinking every time they do the right thing they're "amazing" and "unbelievable". They're SUPPOSED to do the right thing! Hope this doesn't make me sound rude, It 's just that the little secret that no one ever wants to tell or hear is that no one will ever get as excited about your kids and their achievements as you ( and maybe their grandparents or close aunts and uncles!)whew, thanks for the vent!

Anonymous said...

Nice top 10 list but I still don't understand why people don't correlate a twitter tweet to a facebook status update. They are exactly the same and intended for exactly the same things. In fact there are tons of applications available to post these short updates to both sites simultaneously.

A twitter tweet IS a facebook status update.

Anonymous said...

Changing your cover photo every single day. And posting photos of yourself pointing at people -look at me look at me!

Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.
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and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had
to tell someone!

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