I’ve written about Facebook before, but I thought I would turn the spotlight on myself for this post. As much as I like pointing what’s wrong with society (so much), I decided it’s unfair to give off the impression that I’m not guilty of any sort of annoying behavior.
5 Food Pics
Yes, I’m that guy that will occasionally–and I do stress occasionally–post pictures of particularly delicious meals I’ve prepared. I’m well aware that most people don’t care one bit. Basically, food boils down to: “Hey, there’s some food. I Guess I’ll eat it now.” For them, a picture of food is useless.
However, I like to cook, and one of my favorite shows presently, and for the last several years, is No Reservations. Frankly, I’m just proud that I was able to learn that particular skill set and feel some weird urge to prove it.
But, come on, like I’m not going to share this:
4 Song Lyric Statuses
Yep, I’m guilty of this, too.
I love music and collecting albums is a large part of my life. I think it’s only natural that it would bleed over into my virtual life. I guess I’m doubly guilty because often the lyrics are from bands most of the people on my friends list don’t know, giving off a hint of condescension.
However, I would like to point out I post lyrics from the songs that are actually good, unlike some of my “friends,” who feel the need to post terrible, and often misspelled, Taylor Swift lyrics.
3 Post Overloads
Some of you might have gathered that I spend a lot of time on the Internet. That, combined with my profession, means I take in a lot of information in one day–videos, articles, pictures, etc…
My natural reaction is to share those things because, “Hey, I like taking in new and interesting things as much as possible! Why wouldn’t everyone else?”
But it’s become quite obvious based on a totally unscientific analysis of my newsfeed that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for links.
2. Drunken Pictures
Yeah, there are quite a few pictures of me enjoying an adult beverage on Facebook. I assure you it’s not intentional, though. As I pointed out in a previous post, guys and girls use the picture feature on Facebook much differently.
My friends and I don’t take our cameras to Buffalo Wild Wings when we go to watch a hockey game. For the most part, we only get the camera out when: vacationing, doing manly things (i.e. fishing or camping) or drinking.
Now, without context, some of those pictures might make it look like I was pretty irresponsible in college, but it’s not like there were people all around me photographically documenting all the hours I spent studying, working and writing.
Personally, I’m suspicious of people who lock down all their pictures or who meticulously (bordering on religiously) untag pictures to leave only the ideal image of themselves.
What are you hiding!?
1. Passive Aggressively Correcting Others’ Grammar
You’re no doubt familiar with this. Perhaps you’ve been a victim of it or maybe you’ve just seen someone break after seeing a friend confuse “their” and “there” one too many times.
Please readers, hold your vitriol and let me explain.
I’m a journalist and fan of the English language in general, so I’m particularly sensitive to grammar. In fact, I would rather have an unstoppable nosebleed during an interview than mix up “your” and “you’re” in a tweet or status. Although, both have happened in the past.
So, when someone posts a status that resembles a 14-year-old cheerleader’s text message, it’s hard for me to let it go. If you’re not going to take five extra seconds to say something correctly then just shut up.
Also, I’m friends with a decent number of journalists due to my time at Mizzou. And believe me, you have never seen passive aggression (or dorkiness) the likes of a reporter correcting a copy editor’s usage mistake.
*I look forward to someone in the comments pointing out a mistake.