Which is ironic as I have a Facebook account and check it several times a day to see if anything interesting is happening.
I occassionally even post on it if I have something I think interesting or amusing enough to say, but as I rarely encourage the attention-whoring wankers that feel the need to inform the world of their sock colour of choice every day, I don't garner a whole lot of responses so I rarely bother. If I want to horribly and pointlessly attention-whore, I come here where people know to ignore me.
What bothers me most about Facebook, and I'm not sure if it's getting worse or if I'm just getting less tolerant with age, is the bullshit people post in the guise of cautionary tales, inspirational stories, grief-mongering or out and out lies - all seemingly posted with good intentions, but really just designed to attract a 'like'.
Here's the kind of thing I'm talking about. They're cut-and-pastes as I don't know how to do any of that screen-grabbing nonsense, but you'll need to take my word that they're genuine. Also, I've spoiler tagged them as some of them are quite long.
The total fucking lie. Explotative and presumably supposed to help simpletons come to learn some kind of twee life lesson
The bullshit health warning. How ever did we manage before Facebook? And I thought McDonald's food was healthySpoiler: (click to reveal/hide)
The shit poetry. Aw, look! Children! Doesn't even scan.Spoiler: (click to reveal/hide)
Scare-mongering. Facebook sure loves to mention rape as much as possible.Spoiler: (click to reveal/hide)
That last one, and I wish I'd kept it now as it exemplifies pretty much my entire objection, reminds me of a post that was doing the rounds not long after the Indian girl who was gang-raped on the bus died. It delighted in the detail. Delighted in it. Tragic enough that the poor girl and her family had suffered so much but to be remembered by a poorly-spelled and gratuitous tribute revelling in every detail or her ordeal and ending with 'LIKE OR YOU APPROVE OF RAPE!' or somesuch bullshit made me angrier than I remember being recently. If I die and anyone starts a 'Your an angel in heaven now and well miss your smile 4eva' post on Facebook I will return from the grave to kill them and their family.Spoiler: (click to reveal/hide)
Anyway. Rant over. I'm off to check my Facebook account to see if anyone else is having noodles for lunch today.