You log onto your laptop and open your preferred internet browser. You pull up all the usual sites—Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and of course, Facebook. All you wanted to do was look at your friends’ pictures from this weekend or maybe message your family members a quick “hello.” Instead, you find your news feed clogged up with statuses, pictures and invites that are not only unnecessary and excessive but just plain annoying! If you find yourself committing any of the following Facebook crimes, it’s time to reevaluate.
Diary entries that are secretly disguised as status updates.
The good people of Facebook do not need a play-by-play of how your day went, nor do we need all the nitty, gritty personal details of your life. I cannot be the only one here who has physically cringed at an uncomfortably personal status update that put the size of the Harry Potter books to shame. There’s nothing wrong with keeping people updated, or ranting a little here and there, because let’s face it, we’re Generation Y and we want to know that people care about what we’re doing. Just remember that Facebook asked you “What’s on your mind?” not “What’s your life story?” It isn’t just the writer in me talking; a journal is a necessity sometimes, folks.
Couples who let Facebook run their entire relationship.
As someone who’s very in touch with her social media life, I can understand wanting to flaunt your status once it finally changes from “Forever Alone” to “In a Relationship.” But there is a very fine line between updating people about your new-found romance and just plain putting your entire relationship out for the world to watch. From publicizing every little argument you have, to posting unnecessary PDA selfies of you kissing your “bae,” some couples really do live their relationships online. Facebook is great for documenting cute moments, but it’s nice to remember to step away and actually enjoy your relationship out there in the real world. Facebook is hardly the perfect setting for a romantic date.
Reenactments of World War II in the form of a status update with 100+ comments.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m scrolling through my news feed and I see an update with 100+ comments and the most recent is a paragraph of pure sass and snark, I know it’s time to break out the popcorn and scroll through all the drama ensuing. But as entertaining as online arguments can be (at least for me), they’re usually tiresome and even maddening sometimes. It’s hard to watch some people make complete fools of themselves, and it’s even harder to realize some people actually believe some of the ridiculous things they do. Regardless, everyone’s opinions and beliefs are valid, but that doesn’t mean you need to shove them down people’s throats. Let’s keep Facebook a friendly place instead of a war zone.
“Oh, look! An invite! I was invited to… give you my phone number…?”
When it comes to Facebook, the only invites I’m interested in are the ones that involve the three F’s—friends, fun and most importantly, food. So it goes without saying that when I receive invites from people who got new phones and need numbers, I feel disappointed to know that none of the F’s are in sight. I understand needing to recreate your whole contact list, but if we’ve never text messaged or called each other in our entire lives, why are you inviting me to your friend-less, fun-less, and most disappointing, food-less event? Same goes for game invites. No, I will not send you a life on Candy Crush (unless you’re my mom).
It’s apparent that social media is a big part of this generation’s lives. Personally, I think it’s great, but a large problem that stems from this fixation is the question of privacy. When it comes down to it, most of these Facebook faux paus can be avoided if we stop and think, “Is this something everyone really needs to see (and know)?” More often than not, it isn’t. So log off, take a break and go do something that’ll actually be worth sharing with the world later on.