Who can believe that a little over 10 years ago we didn’t have Facebook? And now over 500 million people use it on a daily basis. Staggering figures when you look at it like that, especially if you look at your Facebook timeline and often groan in despair at the complete lack of interest any of your posts really hold.
But now of course we’re all addicted, and like a bad habit we check our phones incessantly just in case we’ve missed any breaking news, or another viral cat video. Sometimes it’s hard to wonder what we all did before we had our faces stuck in our smart phones. It’s the boredom breaker when you’re waiting for a friend, the train entertainer on that long commute, and our soul connection to the big wide world.
Where in years gone by, waiting for anything would mean having to strike up an actual conversation with a real human being, we now immediately glue our eyes to our phones and scroll through the information overload being thrown at us by friends, family and sometimes colleagues. Admittedly Facebook has become more of the ‘unsocial’ network, but it does have it’s perks. Being able to stay in touch with distant relatives and the foreign exchange student you met when you were 13, are connections that may have been lost or staggered if it wasn’t for such social streams.
But whether you love or loathe it, we can all admit that many status’ we come across can make us want to quit it all together so maybe we should all start partaking in a little Facebook etiquette.
The Attention Seeker
We’ve all got that person who rather than just point out the problem, or name and shame, they like to go around it the long way and put a very vague update that could be related to anything or anyone. And rather than just being up front, all their other friends endear them with messages of worry, and they simply reply with a big spoon stirring ‘direct message and I’ll tell all’. For the rest of us that have lives to lead without all the extra hard work, we’ll consider the de-friend.
The Drama Queen
Life is against them, and rather than seek out a therapist for their issues they’d prefer to share them across Facebook. Of course not content with a few short sentences, these types always prefer to go the whole hog, with essay’s that you really can’t be asked to read. If this sounds familiar suggest help and perhaps unfollow their updates until they’ve become a little less like a monologue of Eastenders.
The Over Sharer
These types come in all varieties but often think that sharing their children’s accomplishments in potty training deserves a Facebook update. Many just can’t get to grips with the idea that there’s such a thing as too much information.
The Time Traveller
Oh Time Hop you fun little app. At first you were a good laugh, but as always there are those who take it too far. Rather than a one hit wonder, this app just keeps on giving. We saw that picture when you first uploaded it, and we’re really not bothered about seeing it 5 years later. So if you’re confused about what year you’re in? It’s time to hit the hide button.
Whilst Facebook clearly brings out the worst in people, perhaps it’s time they started to set a rating for status updates, or just ask yourself these questions, How annoying is my update? and will it put anyone off their dinner?