Monday, July 8, 2013

10 things I hate about Facebook

I'll be honest. I like Facebook.

I think the interconnectivity it provides between human beings is invaluable.

However, it is not without its flaws.

Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with the activities of hundreds, if not thousands of other human beings.

I've been using Facebook for a few years now...and these are a few things I could use a lot less of.


1. Censorship/ Liberal slant

If Mark Zuckerberg wants to really ensure the demise of Facebook, he will continue his trend of meddling with individual content. MySpace used to be a really hot website at one time, and Facebook came along and wiped the floor with them. There is no way of preventing a rival company from coming up with a similar social media site with fewer censorship issues and much less of a liberal slant on world issues and events. As a former Congressional candidate, I was stunned to see a comment of mine removed which simply stated my opinion on gay marriage. If Facebook starts to censor political commentary by Federal candidates, then they probably won't last very long. Eventually, Zuckerbergs website users will find another option. Twitter seems to let you say whatever you want. Maybe they can expand their website and mission statement/goals.

2. Narcissism/Vanity

Sure, you might be a good looking woman/man. But does every photo on your page have to be about you? Can't you ever take a picture of something else? Everyone has a certain amount of vanity, but people who post non-stop photos of themselves all the time are not so interesting to me. In fact, they become kind of irritating. Try to show that you have a sense of perspective in life. If over 50% of your Facebook photos are of might have a problem. Also, I don't need to know that you are "signing off" for the night or going to bed. Surprisingly enough, my life doesn't revolve around you.

3. Crusaders

Much like the previous item above, it is all about having a sense of balance in your life. People who post non-stop about animal rescues, abortion, gun rights, Obama, the war in Syria ...etc...etc..etc. They become like a rock in your shoe... very irritating. I'm not against people having interests and passions... because I also have them myself. But again, it is all about a sense of balance. I might agree with you ideologically 100%, but it doesn't mean I want to talk about that subject every single day.

4. Pity Parties

I also get tired of the "woe is me" crowd. People whining about not having a job, or being in danger of losing their assets or their lifestyle. How about a sense of perspective, folks?!! Stevie Wonder is blind...but you don't hear him complain about it every day! Stephen Hawking is in a wheelchair and can barely move, yet he somehow did something worthwhile with his life. Yes...things might not be great for you right now...but there are over 500 million people in Asia and Africa who would gladly trade places with you and take your problems. At least you have a computer and internet access. Half the world doesn't even have that.

5. Tyranny

It's really a simple rule of thumb here, folks. I don't tell you how to run your Facebook page, so don't tell me how to run mine! I am not interested in your nonsensical warnings about how someone else is dangerous or crazy. I generally ignore threats to delete someone if they don't get rid of certain friends. And I really don't care to hear about how if I don't change my "settings" I will be deleted as a friend. You know what? Just go ahead and de-friend me. I probably won't even notice you are gone. But spare me your speeches, demands, and tyrannical nonsense!

6. Solicitations for aid/votes/prayers

Begging on Facebook has never been appealing. So don't do it.
And no, I don't really care if your niece wins "Little Miss Oswego".... so I won't be registering or voting for that. And I know it sure would be nice if I said a prayer for your 98 year old grandmother in the hospital....but sorry...I don't think my communication time with God is really an appropriate time to be asking Him to do personal favors for you.

7. Pets

I know some people won't like to hear this...but if you have your pet in your profile picture, you might have a problem. Pets are pets. Sure, they are cute and funny sometimes, but not everyone shares your passion/interest in your furry friends. An occasional photo is fine, but if over 50% of your photos are of your  pet... you might be irritating your Facebook friends.

8. Dirty laundry

No, I really don't need to hear about what an incredible jerk your boss is. And I don't need to hear about how awful your former husband/wife was and how they are trying to destroy your life. I don't burden you with personal drama...please use the same restraint.

9. TMI

TMI stands for "too much information". Like letting the whole world know that your child pooped on the living room couch. Or showing the world the garish wound you got by stepping on broken glass while at the beach. Some things just don't need to be shared. Let it go.

10. Advertising

Facebook is starting to let spam-like ads creep into the news feed, which I think was part of their long term goal all the time, anyway. Get users hooked on sharing information through social media, then spread some spam into the mix. Make billions. Actually, I'm surprised some giant corporation didn't think of this first. They all could have had their own social networks years ago.

(Stay tuned for the sequel... "10 things I love about Facebook"...)