You’ve read about the things that we shouldn’t post on Facebook, and you’ve even read about the things that you should post on Facebook. As a matter of fact, you might have even read about the types of people that you’ll find on Facebook. Basically, there’s a lot that could be said for the social networking site, and the list of all that could be said doesn’t seem like it could ever end.
However, have you ever just sat and realized, “Whoa. Facebook doesn’t really make that much sense.” Well, I have thought this time and time again, but I keep using it anyway. Let’s take a look at a few things we do on Facebook that don’t make sense.
Starting A Conversation On Someone’s Wall
I just really don’t understand the concept of posting things such as “Hey!” or “What’s up?” on someone’s wall. It’s just a little odd because it’s as if you are inviting others to join the conversation, but at the same time, it seems private. Basically, you should probably save private conversations for private messages.
I want you to imagine being at a party. There are a lot of people there – maybe 50 – and your cousin Jimmy is drunkenly stumbling around in the corner with a lampshade over his head. Now, I want you to imagine that two people in the middle of the room start screaming out their private conversation at the top of their lungs. That’s what I think of every single time people start a private conversation on a Facebook wall.
Posting Your Phone Number When Prompted
This kind of fits right into the same category as the public conversations that I mentioned above. Occasionally, someone will write on their friend’s wall, “Hey! I got a new phone lol. Wut’s ur number again, baby?”
Despite the fact I don’t understand why anyone would laugh about getting a new phone, it just seems kind of inconsiderate to ask someone to publicly post their phone number. Furthermore, it’s kind of silly to post it voluntarily anyway. Creepers exist, but if you have the number posted on your information anyway, then I guess it’s no problem.
Clicking “Like” On Stuff
Like – Such a simple word, and it’s effectively narrowing the language usage of Facebook users everywhere. Are you happy that your niece received that pharmacy job that she’s been working her bum off in school for? No. You like it. Did you find a piece of music elegant, complex, and beautifully composed? Nah. You just like it.
For some reason, we have summed up everything we could say about someone else’s post on Facebook into this one word. Is it that hard to actually take the time to write something out? Perhaps something like a Reddit upvote/downvote system would be better, but I still find it peculiar that we are able to put so much into such a little word.
Tagging People In Status Updates
If you want to contact someone, why don’t you just privately message or call them? I want you to imagine the party scenario once again. Say, for instance, that I’m at one end of the room at this party, and my editor Mark is at the other end of the room. At this point I’m a little hyped up on caffeine, and I really want to talk to Mark. However, instead of politely going up to him and starting a conversation, I begin hollering his name across the room, trying to get his attention.
Perhaps this type of instance is quite analogous to tagging other in status updates. If you want to talk to them, why not message them? I’m not saying to stop doing it, for I do it, but I am saying when you think about it, it just doesn’t make any sense.
Updating Your Status… Period
I’m no stranger to updating my status. If something cool happens, I post about it. However, it doesn’t happen very often. With that being said, why do we even do it? Do people really care about what we are doing right now at this second? Why do we feel the need to share the moment with people who aren’t actually experiencing it with us? Wouldn’t it be better to just share it with the folks that we are actually around while it’s happening?
Crazy stuff, I tell you. I sometimes wonder what we did before Facebook. How were we able to tell anyone about our oh-so-thrilling adventures to Starbucks to pick up venti caramel macchiatos? Last time was just a grande, so things are getting a little crazy.
I’m not complaining about Facebook! It just makes me wonder why we do what we do. The same “why” moments could be applied to everyday life. For instance, why do we call someone while we are at their door rather than just knocking? It’s just stuff like that.
What other things on Facebook don’t make sense? Do you have any good examples of the ones mentioned above? Do you disagree with any of these?