No one can deny that Facebook has been one of the most, if not the most, influential creations of the 21st century, as it has single-handedly changed the face of relationships and connections around the world. Suddenly words like “friending” and “muploading” have been assimilated into our every-day vocabulary without a second thought. While Facebook provides the powerful means to help people connect share their opinions, it does not mean that users always agree with how or what their friends share.
Facebook statuses are like a double-edged sword. While they may open a window to the life of a person you are truly interested in or just like to stalk incessantly, they also grant people the opportunity to share every minute detail about their lives, whether we care or not. Take college acceptances for example. Even though we can all agree that getting into college is a laudable achievement that renders much praise, do we really need to hear about every single school you get into as well as the exact amount of money you received in scholarship? My guess is probably not. From true friends to random friend request acceptances, all anyone really cares about is where you actually end up going.
Also why do people feel the need to send the invitation for their upcoming events to their entire friend list? I mean it’s great and all that your club is hosting a “breakfast for dinner” fundraiser next week to help fund the upcoming service trip, but don’t you think you should take geographic locations into consideration when choosing who you invite? Or do you really think that I am going to fly across the country for a few pancakes? Let’s not be lazy here.
Unfortunately, we also all have that one friend who spends way too much time on Facebook looking through old albums and re-living the “glory days.” While that person may feel as though they peaked during their freshmen and sophomore years of high school, I am sure I am not alone in saying that there are a few pictures from our past that we would all rather keep hidden. However, much to our dismay, our friend decides to “back stalk” us and either likes or comments on a rather unflattering picture, thus enabling that picture to find its way onto everyone’s news feed. Thank you my friend, you are truly too kind.
On top of that, while Mark Zuckerberg may have thought he was helping us out when he added the feature of being able to see when someone has read your Facebook message, but all he really did was help crush the self-esteem of thousands of Facebook users around the world. When your message is read and bears no response, one can’t help but question whether or not the receiver finds us boring or even likes us at all.
We even further second-guess ourselves when it comes to deciding whether or not to compliment a friend’s picture for fear that the person is a serial “thank you-er.” If he or she is, we run the risk of receiving a notification for every single “thank you” response to other compliments. I mean seriously, you can’t just do one, general thank you?
Another thing, why do some people decide that the best place to reconnect is through picture comments? Even worse than the person who doles out more thank you’s than a politician seeking re-election are the people who plunge into deep reminisces through comment responses. Maybe details about what you’ve been doing for the past few years or where to meet up is better suited for a more private place like a personal message.
But by far the most annoying thing on Facebook has to be when people post political statuses around election time when they really have no idea what’s even going on. While there’s nothing wrong with voicing your own opinion, it just it feels as though every four years come November, some people suddenly feel as though they are the next Rush Limbaugh or Jon Stewart and deem themselves economic or foreign affairs experts. Therefore, before you go ranting about how you’re moving to some foreign country or decide which candidate you support, it may be in your best interest to open a newspaper and actually read what Obama’s tax plan or Romney’s foreign policy entails.
So to sum it up, Facebook is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a great way to procrastinate, but only if people avoid posting superfluous bits of information we really don’t care about. So the next time you want to tell everyone you’re going to “gym then shower,” save it for Twitter.