7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook. Alternative title: “Internalize your locus of control, author-dude.”

How to be annoying on facebookMany people find FaceBook annoying, but often lay the blame with someone else. It can’t possibly be their fault their news feed is filled with pointless updates, can it?

The article “7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook” on the Huffington Post earlier this month by the anonymous Wait but why delves into the angry world of social friends, and I’d love to think it was written ironically but I fear it wasn’t.

Examples of annoying facebook updates are:

The “I’m Living Quite the Life” Brag – A post making your life sound great, either in a macro sense (got your dream job, got your degree, love your new apartment) or a micro sense (taking off on an amazing trip, huge weekend coming up, heading out on a fun night with friends, just had an amazing day)

The Literal Status Update – An actual status update on someone’s mundane day.

The readers of the Huffington post have been confused by the piece and are a proud example of making great comments. Some of the feedback…

That the author is not interested in people unless they entertain him or her reveals their personality and shallowness, NOT some truth about facebook – dwes09

If the writer gets annoyed when someone has a bad day and needs some support, but also gets annoyed when someone had a good day and wants to share good news… – Francisco Cortes Alvarez

I’m “guilty” of several of these, and I don’t feel bad about it – McMayhem

Internalize your locus of control, author-dude. If your facebook feed doesn’t please you, it’s up to you to do something about it. The onus isn’t on people you’re “friends” with to conform their social media usage to your personal preferences – McMayhem

And that just from one page of the 1,700+ comments posted so far.


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