5 Things We Do On Facebook That Don’t Make Sense

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facebook etiquetteYou’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

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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

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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?”

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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?

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Comments (51)
  • Victor Morillo

    This was a great article. I see a link saying “5 things you need to stop posting on facebook” I don’t know if you covered this point there I will check it out. One thing that Irks me is the damn checking in. Ok you can check in to that great restaurant, you can check in at the pool etc. But I have seeing people checking into their bathroom, bed, call of duty. Come on! I don’t need to know that. One more tip on cheking in, I never check in I check out. Whoever is watching my check ins see me arriving to places when in reality I’m leaving.
    A year ago I wrote an article for my blogspot where I talked about some of the stuff I see here is people starting arguments on facebook, people posting drinks on facebook like if they never drank before, people posting a bunch of senseless crap. check it out if you like is victormorillo83 dot blogspot
    The fact is that people are stopping living life and instead live on facebook, people post stuff just for the sake of a comment and if I were to share this on facebook I would probably get 3 likes and 2 comments. If I were to post me doing senseless stuff like having a fight with a random person in the street I get all my 200 friends commenting and liking

    • Joshua Lockhart

      Baha. I don’t think checking in should be that specific. Your bed? Come on…

      Good tip on checking out, though. However, I still don’t like people knowing that I’m away from home too much. Call me paranoid… but robberies do happen.

      And it seems like more of a fusion of the offline world and the online world. In theory, it could be cool. There just needs to be a balance.

  • Afaq Alam Ansari

    Really cool article buddy. These are obviously stupid things that most people do on facebook and i have noticed them many a times.

    • J. Lockhart

      I really appreciate the kind words about the article, Afaq. It’s just interesting to me how we’ve accepted these new ways of doing things. Crazy!

    • Afaq Alam Ansari

      Yes that is crazy . ;)

  • carol

    some people just have this need to be celebrities, and live in a pretend world, wishing that somebody does care about what they’re doing and whom they’re with and what they’re eating and what they’re feeling.

    • J. Lockhart

      For the record, I’m actually not eating anything right now. But I am about to watch some Walking Dead via OnDemand.

  • Andreas Beer

    why do you take the “like” word so literally? people don’t use it because it has the word “like” in it, but it serves a certain function. you forget to even mention the function completely. so are you just ranting?

    • J. Lockhart

      Not ranting, Andreas. Just a question. We all know the function, but why did we choose that particular word? That’s all.

  • Slywlf

    This article and its comments are part of the reason I joined MakeUseOf – to clarify some of the ‘stuff’ going on online that has been baffling me ;-)
    I’m no kid – not 60 yet, but getting closer – and though I have been using the computer for work since the mid 80’s I am still relatively new to the recreational uses. My biggest vice is insomniac web comic reading so far. Social networks are still a bit of a blur for me. I joined FB a couple years ago in order to keep in touch with a few friends and relatives scattered across the country but then watched my ‘friend list’ balloon out of control as I accepted invites without thinking it through. Tagging and poking still make little sense to me – though at least now I have a slightly better idea about the tagging. Thanks for that! I have the tightest privacy settings, and don’t keep any ‘personal’ info in my profile, but I then I tend to be intensely private to begin with. I also keep an eye open for the periodic (AKA idiotic) ‘change’ bulletins FB announces so I can keep the privacy shields up ;-)
    I like the coffee shop analogy too – though lately mine has been feeling like one in Grand Central Station rather than on a quiet side street. :-/

    • J. Lockhart

      Glad to help, Slywlf! Feel free to ask anything on MakeUseOf Answers for more info concerning the recreational stuff. Lots of good people are willing to help.

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