October 16, 2013
Ironically I've seen this article from Huffpo called "7 Ways To Be Insufferable on Facebook" posted like 10 times on Facebook already this morning. It's long but fully worth your Adderall.
Here's a preview to get you into it.
To be unannoying, a Facebook status typically has to be one of two things:
You know why these are unannoying? Because things in those two categories do something for me, the reader. They make my day a little better.
Ideally, interesting statuses would be fascinating and original (or a link to something that is), and funny ones would be hilarious. But I'll happily take mildly amusing -- at least we're still dealing with the good guys.
On the other hand, annoying statuses typically reek of one or more of these five motivations:
1) Image Crafting. The author wants to affect the way people think of her.
2) Narcissism. The author's thoughts, opinions, and life philosophies matter. The author and the author's life are interesting in and of themselves.
3) Attention Craving. The author wants attention.
4) Jealousy Inducing. The author wants to make people jealous of him or his life.
5) Loneliness. The author is feeling lonely and wants Facebook to make it better. This is the least heinous of the five -- but seeing a lonely person acting lonely on Facebook makes me and everyone else sad. So the person is essentially spreading their sadness, and that's a shitty thing to do, so it's on the list.
Facebook is infested with these five motivations -- other than a few really saintly people, most people I know, myself certainly included, are guilty of at least some of this nonsense here and there. It's an epidemic.
Read the whole article here.