I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. As a person with an addictive personality I find myself often desperate to delete my Facebook account, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.
I enjoy Facebook for the ease of being able to “keep up” with friends through status posts and photos, but I despise the drama that comes along with it.
As an emotional person I wear my emotions on my sleeve. My emotions then work their way onto Facebook. I try to be real; some people like it and some people don’t.
During my bout with Post Partum Depression I took a brief break from Facebook, not necessarily because I wanted to, but rather because I kept posting crazy talk and people started to worry.
I remember my dad randomly showing up at my house one afternoon and asking me if I was going to kill myself. I felt terrible; he was practically in tears recounting to me the game of Telephone that ended with him hearing the words “Jen” and “kill herself.” I was livid.
Things like “Mind your own business!” and “Don’t worry about what I post!” were running through my head. Shortly thereafter I “temporarily” deleted my account. I couldn’t bring myself to do the official complete delete.
Looking back I know people were just concerned about me, and for that I am very grateful. I’m blessed to have people in my life that care about me, and cared about the hardships I went through.
Now I would say my relationship with Facebook is pretty “normal,” with the occasional aggravation over a group of posters that drive me nuts.
1. The Always Sunny Posters: People who only post about how great they are, how great their babies and husbands are, basically how great their lives are. ALL THE TIME.
2. The I Have No Life Outside of My Kid Posters: People who post ONLY about their children and how great their children are; their children’s straight A’s, multiple awards, sports abilities, and organic diet. Basically their child is Jesus.
3. The Philosophical Socrates Posters: People who post their “philosophies” on life. Follow their advice and you will be better, smarter, healthier, and happier. Also known as “Know-It-Alls,” they’ll tell you how to raise your kid even if they don’t have one!
And finally, my favorite:
4. The Passive-Aggressive Posters: People who passively-aggressively write status updates hoping their friends will see what they wrote and feel bad because of something said friend “supposedly” did, i.e., “checked-in” somewhere just to make THEM feel bad. You know, what you put on your Facebook is all about them.
I’m not saying my posts are perfect and witty; I have
sporadic frequent posts complaining about traffic, weather, work, my husband, my crazy family…but sorry, see above. I wear my emotions on my sleeve so if this is how I’m feeling in life this is how I’m feeling in Facebook world.
I’m not going to make an imaginary status update so people think I’m so happy and my life is so perfect. I will post that I’m ready to kill my kid right now or I poured Bailey’s in my coffee this morning. I do stay away from posting about my sex life and my bowel movements. I’m sure my Facebook friends are grateful for that.
You’re probably wondering if I’m going to get to the point of this post which is “Facebook War.” If you don’t know what a Facebook War actually is, I guarantee you are either currently in one or you’ve been in one at one time or another.
A Facebook War is when you and a friend, an actual friend not a Facebook acquaintance, refuse to “like” or comment on the other’s Facebook page. This may happen because of an argument you are both aware of that hasn’t yet been resolved – or – maybe your friend is one of the annoying posters listed above, so you decide to ignore them and then find yourself in a mutually “silent” war yet you’ve never actually discussed what the issue is that has caused the Facebook War.
Am I in 5th grade?
What the &*%$ is the purpose of a Facebook War? Facebook Wars in my opinion are complete ridiculousness, but in saying that, I should probably disclose that I’m currently involved in two Facebook Wars.
One is because of a fight we had – about Facebook – and the other is because a #4 Passive-Aggressive Poster pissed me off by posting yet another passive-aggressive post (like the 12th one.)
Will my Facebook Wars end?
What drives you nuts on Facebook?
Are you involved in a Facebook War?