There are a lot of awkward moments on Facebook.
Some of these are brought up by the website itself, you know, like when your enemy shows up in your friend suggestions, but some of them have to do with what we put on there. Yes, so sometimes its our fault when things get awkward on Facebook. Let us begin this in reverse count-down form. I guess that’s just count-up, form. Right?
Which pretty much means in regular order starting from 1.
Just go with it, guys ..come on:
1. The Deceiving Profile Picture
Seriously ladies. I know we’ve talked about this one here, let me see if I can find the post.. … OH! Here it is, The misleading profile picture. The image of the fat cat on there cracks me up every time. Anyway, whenever someone is showing me profile pictures, they take the time to tell me “Oh that’s not what she actually looks like” because, well, its true. Some people take a billion self-portraits and pick the top 1%, and THEN spend hours deciding on which one to post, which ends up looking nothing like the actual person.
2. People You May Know
More like people-you-don’t-want-to-add-but-here-they-are-anyway-mua-ha-ha. I’ve seen girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends on there, people that I no longer talk to, childhood friends that I can’t talk to about anything since the only thing we had in common was liking Power Rangers, and getting in trouble together for flushing juice cartons down the toilet in kindergarten. You add them and then what do you say? “Hey how’ve you been?” ..cricket.. cricket.. (or is it ‘chirp.. chirp..’? ..whatever.)
3. The Ads
Facebook is smart. When you enter your likes, age, relationship status, sexual orientation, and such, they target ads to you. We once logged into a friend’s Facebook profile and changed his “Interested in Women” to “Interested in Men” and he only noticed because he started getting gay advertisements, asking him to join gay dating websites. Here’s what to expect:
- Are you over 21? -Beer, parties, careers
- Single? -Dating websites, games
- Woman? -Fashion, magazine subscriptions
Sometimes the randomest ads find me, things like obscure campaigns to legalize marijuana, Oprah’s book club, Christian dating. And I have no likes and info about myself on there.
4. The Awkward “Seen” Feature
Oh you know what I’m talking about. Its on the Chat app. When you send a message to someone, it shows when the person saw the message and displays “Seen on 07:21” to the sender. Goodbye to being able to ignore a message and then say that you never read it. Goodbye to taking your time to replying to messages. Hello awkward. Expect a post on this topic soon, you guys have to have some stories to share regarding this.
5. When a Good Facebook Status Gets Ruined by a Relative
Who invited THEM? Just kidding ..sort of. Sure we enjoy having Uncle Ben on there, but must he really comment on every status and embarrass you in front of your friends? Or how about when someone ruins a funny Facebook status with a serious comment? Its like wow, talk about buzz kill.
6. The Ticker
The ticker feature is the thing that shows up on the left sidebar of your homepage showing what every single person on your friends list is doing, liking, and commenting on. Trust me when I say “everything”. It shows you when a person likes pictures, and I’m sure you have that ONE friend that spams your feed with pictures of cats. Well imagine that, but for every person, for every thing. I wouldn’t complain about this if it wasn’t addicting to look at it, but once you see it, your eyes can’t go away from it. It just keeps updating. All the freakin’ time. Sometimes you see something that make you say “Oh HELL no!” *insert a Z-snap here* “She’s still talking to him?” and then you tell your friend who tells their friends and then you have rumors and you know the rest.
7. The Things You Learn About a Person Without Actually Talking to Them
Suppose you meet someone, and he or she interests you. You think about asking if he or she is in a relationship, but if you two end up adding each other on Facebook, you’ll find out anyway. You will also find about his or her favorite movies, books, quotes, and if this person is a dog person or a cat person so what’s the point of asking these things? Is Facebook making us socially awkward? Uh oh. Sometimes a person begins to tell you about something they talked about with someone on Facebook, not knowing that you already know thanks to your Facebook feed. It shows the wall posts, the conversations, and comments. Of course you’re not going to let them know of this, so you’ll just pretend its the first time you hear about it and react accordingly.
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