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6 Facebook Stereotypes We All Know & (May) Love

Joshua Lockhart 11-10-2011

I’ve taken a look at the top Reddit commenters that drive me nuts 3 Types of Reddit Commenters That Drive Me Nuts Based on some of my past articles, you may already know that I hail from the online community of Reddit (and so do a couple of my fellow writers). However, as with any online community,... Read More , and I’ve also told you what you need to stop posting on Facebook 5 Things You Need to Stop Posting on Facebook We've discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter, and we've even talked about how you may have compromised your security on the Internet. However, it seems as if Facebook brings both of those topics together.... Read More . However, what if you smash those two topics together? Well, you get the top stereotypes that exist on Facebook!


Now, not all Facebook stereotypes are bad (there are maybe two of them that are okay…) However, it’s up to you to decide, so let’s look at them all.

The Tech

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We all have the Tech on our Facebook Friend List How Many Friends On Facebook Is Too Much? [Opinion] I never thought that we would be so ‘obsessed’ with friends. Collecting friends seems to be a fad that refuses to die down thanks to social networks. When we talk about social networks, we usually... Read More . Heck, he may very well be a writer for MakeUseOf! However, whenever you post a status update that is something like “my laptop’s hard drive has opened a portal to Hell and the cat is stuck inside my desktop’s fan”, the Tech is on the ready.

Immediately, he will do everything within his ability to fix it. Your Facebook wall will transform into a troubleshooting session that is better than any professional service! Also, their advice will actually work… sometimes.

The RE:Fwd Master

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Remember a little thing called email? That was to be before Facebook and when Orwell’s Newspeak became mainstream. But all jokes aside, you know of chain emails, right?


These are the types of bizarre messages that are sometimes sent out via friends and on other occasions via the workplace. However, this monstrosity has been revived on Facebook through the RE:Fwd Master. The RE:Fwd Master tends to post chain-eque status updates on their status updates, and I utterly hate it.

By the way, if you post a YouTube video of yourself in the comments saying “RE:Fwd Master” five times fast, I’ll let you be my friend on Facebook. True story.


The Disgruntled Citizen

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Zuckerberg created Facebook, and honestly, Zuckerberg reserves the right to change it however he wants (much like a certain George Lucas). However, whenever Facebook makes a change, 99% of the posts on my feed become devoted to “how horrible” the new changes are. The remaining 1% are about cats being stuck in desktop fans.

It seems as though this stereotype compares itself a disgruntled citizen frustrated with the new laws that his dictator has instated. Well, truth be told, the Disgruntled Citizen hasn’t done much for Zuckerberg (save for being a demographic that builds ad revenue), but in my opinion, Zuckerberg sure has done a lot for the Disgruntled Citizen.

The Personal Cheerleader

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The Personal Cheerleader is not a bad Facebook stereotype. As a matter of fact, I feel that this is the stereotype that everyone loves. These are the people who take time out of their day to sit down, look at what you have posted, and encourage you in some form or fashion. I love the Personal Cheerleaders, and the world needs more of them.

Alternatively, there is the Personal Stalker. These types do exactly what the Personal Cheerleader does except with a bit of a creepy twist. Their motives may not be as pure as the Personal Cheerleaders’, and chances are that they just want to have you over for dinner, or in extreme cases, have you for dinner. (F-s-s-s-s….)

The Insensitive Commenter

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Occasionally, we will post tragic news on our Facebook page about a death in the family or a lost opportunity. These are all very terrible, and there is nothing funny about that at all. However, there are some people who entirely disregard the content of your Facebook status update and utilize the comment section as their own personal way to contact you. Say, for instance, that you have updated your status to something about your cat dying in a tragic fan accident. This will typically be the response of the Insensitive Commenter:



People, they exist. You know that they exist. As a matter of fact, you may be one of them. It’s a shame, but we’ve all experienced them.

The Relationship Monitor

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I’ve discussed this before somewhere out on the seas of the Internet, but you will notice that every single time someone updates their relationship status to single (or in some cases, paired up) there will always be that one individual who acts absolutely shocked and surprised – “WHAT?!” or “WHY DID Y’ALL BREAK UP?!” seem to be common responses. Here we have the Relationship Monitor, one of my least favorites.

One variation of the Relationship Monitor would be the fellow who sympathizes with the poor girl who fell victim to such a break-up. He will write things such as, “I’M SO SORRY!” and “IF YOU EVER NEED TO TALK, JUST CALL ME, OKAY?”

Well, we all know his ulterior motives. He wants the girl for himself! If it were up to me, I would say that everyone should just leave the person alone. On the other hand, maybe folks shouldn’t publicize their break-up on Facebook, either.

What is your favorite (or least favorite, rather) type of Facebook stereotype? Do you have any others? Which ones frustrate you the most?

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  1. Neverland334
    November 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    My least favorite facebook stereotype? That's easy- The Obsesser. I'm talkin' 50 status updates a day, constantly checks their crush's wall, always has the green dot next to their name on the chat list, rushes home to check their updates, and pays more attention to their news feed than the actual news. Oh, wait. I think I just described half of America. -_-

  2. Bookfaced
    October 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I thought this would be an article about stereotypes (or preconceptions) people have about FB itself (or its user base in general), rather than stereotypes about different segments of its user base.

    As in: FB users have no life, FB users are all dumb teenagers, FB users are intrusive, FB users have an IQ roughly equivalent to their shoe size...

    Or: FB is Big Brother, FB is a sign of the Apocalypse, FB is the devil, FB makes Orwell roll over in his grave...

    No such luck, I'm afraid. ;-)

    • J. Lockhart
      October 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Baha! Well, my friend, I may have to steal that idea from you.

  3. Popular Facebook
    October 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Nothing wrong with the personal cheerleader. Personally I think it's a nice thing is someone is looking out for you and writes nice things on your wall. Facebook would be a far more enjoyable experience if people were more positive on it.

    • J. Lockhart
      October 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

      I love the Personal Cheerleader. I tried to make note of that. We need more legitimate encouragers in the world.

      • Popular Facebook
        October 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Agreed :)

  4. De1138
    October 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Like...button anyone ?......! :)

    • J. Lockhart
      October 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Top left corner and bottom left corner, my friend. Feel free to click it (or gather as many people possible to do so).

  5. Mdleidyjr
    October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You forgot to mention the taggers!  These are the ones that just tag people in pictures all day.  They will sometimes have a story of some kind attached to the picture, but NOBODY actually reads them.  :)  These "taggers" and the "RE:FWD Master"'s you mentioned are the most annoying to me! 

    • J. Lockhart
      October 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

      I know! I get excited that someone took a picture of me... and then BOOM... I'm tagged in some random photograph of their cat or as a cartoon character.

  6. Manchesterclark
    October 12, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Love it! Well put.

    • J. Lockhart
      October 12, 2011 at 2:46 am


  7. Jgrass45
    October 12, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Do we need rules on what to post and what not to? Isn't Facebook just an extension of what a persons life is like. Use the the freedom of anonymity and just ignore what you don't like, you can start by ignoring me for instance. In my opinion we don't spend enough time with the people we know or care about. Maybe tolerating a few misspoken or misunderstood comments on Facebook is what makes it so entertaing. You can take a little time to come up with some comment and then not send it.

    • J. Lockhart
      October 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

      It certainly is an extension of one's life, Jgrass. However, if you would look through all of these, you would see that most of them do not actually pertain to anyone's life. For instance – the chain messages, complaints about the Facebook interface, misplaced comments, and overly monitored relationships. The last two of those mentioned do somewhat (loosely) pertain to one's life, but I think we can agree they are better done without. 

      As for the Tech and the Personal Cheerleader? We need more people like that for sure. : ]

      However, you and I can agree... folks spend too much time on there. Also, I could certainly tolerate a lot of these comments and such. But perhaps we should view this article together in a way that is just like what you said – entertaining.

      Good word, on your part.