I love Facebook. It satisfies my need to peek in on people I care about, but rarely see. It's been especially useful while on maternity leave--I feel like I actually have an inkling of what's happening in the world while I try to keep my head above water with a toddler and newborn.
Turns out, though, that the people who irritate me in real life irritate me just the same on the interwebs. Typically, the two types of comments that cause irritation are housed in one person. They leave me feeling awkward and like a gossip-monger. These irritating behaviors? (Statuses below are actual updates from my friend list)
1. Vaguebooking--The hidden message status updates such as:
*"Feeling really down :("
*"Feeling kinda broken today. . . "
*"In a bad mood"
*"Sad. But needed to get this day over with."
*"Having a b-day party for my July boys!! This day is filled with many emotions... I'm so proud of these children... And wish I could always take away the sadness in their lives... But sometimes even a mom can't make bad things go away... "
How am I to respond to these comments? I want to ask what the heck happened, but that seems so invasive and rude. However I do think if they leave that loaded status out there for all to see, perhaps they want me/others to ask? I won't, though, and end up just scouring their FB page for a hint of what's happening.
2. Continual negative or sad status updates. All from one page:
--Oh man. People will never cease to amaze or disappoint me. Glad I'm better than that! :)
--Quite literally the worst night of my entire existence.
--"I guess there's got to be a break in the monotony, but Jesus when it rains, how it pours"
Sheesh. That kind of negativity must be exhausting.
3. The chronic over-poster. You know? The ones that 'check in' every step of the day: at home!, in bed, at the baseball game, at Wal-Marts (for real). I would like to focus on the witty, interesting parts of people's lives. . . not their every waking moment. The Over-Poster feels a bit like bragging, don't you think?
That's it. I don't know if it makes me pathetic for writing a whole post on what posts bug me, but there you have it. What FB faux pas bug you?