The status function on Facebook is an interesting way to purvey information to the rest of your friends. If you want to share big news with your entire network, if you want to share an interesting news story, silly video, or a recent accomplishment of yours, the status update feature on Facebook makes it easy for you to do so.
At the same time, however, this function is every day abused. You know exactly what I’m talking about. These updates clog up your newsfeed, waste your time, and sometimes they even may make you rethink why you joined this Facebook circus to begin with. Here are some of the top 5 worst offenders that have every trait to be included in the ‘Most Irritating Facebook Status Updates’ list.
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1. Cry for attention.
This is one of the most irritating of all Facebook status updates, because they are usually vague and, more often than not, they’re overblown. For example, one day you will see on your news feed Ms. Drama Queen’s update: “Could life get any worse…“. A few hours later, concerned friends post comments, asking if everything is alright, but she would never reveal precisely what happened (if anything happened at all) because she craves the comments and attention.
2. My kid just accomplished X.
It’s wonderful to be a proud parent. But it’s just plain annoying when a parent uses Facebook as some sort of promotional tool for their kid. While, yes, I’m very happy when your little bundle of joy learns how to control its bowel movements, or when he gets an A in gym class, I honestly don’t want to find out on Facebook, if I wanted to know at all.
3. Complaining about Facebook on Facebook.
This may be my all-time least favorite status update, simply because whenever anyone complains about a new Facebook policy that upsets them, they do so without understanding the extreme irony embedded in this. If you don’t like Facebook, don’t use it.
4. Posting a news story everyone has read.
Now there are some Facebook users out there who somehow think that no one else in the world reads the news. Of course, it’s different when you link to an interesting, obscure story that you found in an alternative newspaper or magazine. Or, if you have some insightful commentary to add to what has become stale debate on any given current event. But don’t link a New York Times headlining story about the death of Michael Jackson. We know already.
5. My life revolves around my significant other.
When love is in the air, that’s all well and good. But writing you and your sweetie’s love story using Facebook status updates does not make for good entertainment or even informative news. If you want to send her private messages, go ahead, be my guest. Very few people want to know the details of your love life.
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There you have it, some of the most annoying status update offenders out there. If you’ve done one of these things before, it’s not that big a deal. But think twice before posting something that may make you cross those implied lines etched in the social fabric of Facebook.
Are there any other status updates that have become pet peeves in your book?