1. If they leave off the year of their birthday, it’s probably intentional.
They are hoping to pass for younger (or in the case of the few remaining teens on the site, they are hoping to pass for older). When challenged, these year-omitters might try to claim they did it to thwart identity theft. Of course, anyone serious about identity theft steers clear of Facebook in the first place, which brings us back to the lying about your age thing.
Maybe they don’t want people knowing their real birth date because of witch hunts that happen online. There will be people that will try and hunt you down and look you up to find anything personal about you so what you can do about that is hiding certain things from the public such as your birth date. And identity theft, yeah people might still want to use Facebook to keep in touch with their friends and family but they might not want to put their year down they were born.
2. What’s missing from Facebook is likely missing from their lives.
We all have a Facebook friend who posts more photos of her pets than of her children. We see the dogs on her bed, the cats snuggling with her on the couch. She dresses them up for Halloween and provides status updates about whatever cute things they did that day. Meanwhile, we never hear a peep about her college freshman. Safe to assume, neither does she.
Also bullshit. Ever heard of TMI or putting your drama online. Should I post about my daughter having a diaper blow out or post about how sick my son is or post about how I wish everyone in my home would clean up and be neat and how I wish my son would stop making messes so I keep taking his toys away and got rid of lot of them? I guess because I never put that on Facebook, those things must not have ever happened.
3. Even when their closest claim to fame is their near-brush with it, they still humble-brag.
These are the people who write things like, “I am so bereft to learn of this famous literary agent’s passing. She rejected my first novel, but sent me an encouraging note that, in its entirety, said ‘keep writing!’ Here is a link to my self-published book, which I will now dedicate to her for helping me see the talent I clearly have within.”
Yeah I’ve noticed online that when you writer anything good about yourself, you are bragging. I came to a conclusion bragging is not a bad thing after all and people say someone is bragging because they are just jealous. So I posted on Facebook my son got invited to his first birthday party, I guess that is a brag because I posted something good. But yet if we ever say anything negative, we are seen as whiners, you can’t win. But yet if you don’t post anything on Facebook, everything would be missing from your life, go figure so you still can’t win.
4. Read between the lines for what they aren’t saying.
“My hubby insisted I take a work break and go have a picnic lunch with him. What a guy!” means “The exterminator just sprayed the house and we had to leave, but old Cheapo insisted I make sandwiches first. And here we are in the park being eaten alive by mosquitoes.”
So the author is telling us to twist what we read on Facebook, read into things that are not there. That is how rumors start and why lies are told about other people, people just read into things. This is also why people have poor reading comprehension. I just wish people would be literal and makes me glad I am.
5. There’s something up when their profile photo is never of them.
The site is called FACEbook, right? It is not called “PrettyTreeBook” or “MyCatBook.” Facebook is where old friends from high school find each other. What conclusion should we draw? When photos are shared on a need-to-know basis, somebody doesn’t want somebody else to see them.
Maybe they do have real photos but only friends can see them or certain people on their friends. Maybe they don’t want their photos to be public so they are careful who they share them with.
6. People who put you in groups instead of inviting you to join are desperate people.
They may claim that they mistakenly “thought” they were inviting you, offer up a feeble apology and then tell you how if you don’t like it you can just waste the next 10 minutes figuring out the multiple steps to leave the group. Oopsie, sorry.
Truth is, most of these people know that if they had invited you to join, you likely wouldn’t have. And since their goal is to create the illusion that whatever they are doing is super-popular or at least legitimate, they just put you in. Yes, Facebook will send you a notice telling you that you’ve been groupified, but this inconsiderate act is bad netiquette committed on the part of a desperate Facebooker. Either that or someone has gotten seriously bad marketing advice.
I have no argument here because this does annoy lot of people and some even find this rude.
7. Some are adept at the art of the spin, others not so much.
“I am so excited to be starting this next chapter! Life is just such an adventure,” means the poster has likely lost his job.
“When I look back on my long career as a real estate agent, all I see are the many lives I’ve helped change.” So, is this a queen of foreclosure sales who’s having a hard time looking in the mirror, or someone trying to convince us that she’s not in it for the 6 percent commission but rather for the good of humanity?
Reading between the lines bullshit again. Maybe they found a better job or got a job offer somewhere else and they decided to move up the ladder.
8. They use Facebook for medical advice, which is curious in itself.
When someone posts a photo of the flesh-eating rash that is consuming their body and asks Facebook strangers if they’ve ever seen anything like it, what are they really saying? It could be that “It’s 4 a.m. and I don’t want to pay the $50 extra fee that the doctor charges if I annoy him in any way.” But it also could be that this is a person without adequate health coverage and or is just doctor-phobic. We sincerely hope that anyone experiencing life-threatening symptoms won’t assume that Facebook is their best choice for medical advice. (That would be WebMD, as we all well know.)
Also no argument here and this also happens on forums too.
9. When someone constantly asks strangers for money, they are less a fool than you think.
While you may consider these posters to be the Facebook equivalent of the panhandlers you pass on your way to work, there is one big difference: These posters have faster WiFi, and most likely a home in which to use it. People ask strangers on Facebook for money all the time and for various reasons: to adopt children, to get their dog surgery, to pay for their kid’s expensive summer dance camp. Sometimes we give them something because it makes us feel good to help; other times we scratch our heads and wonder how they plan to afford that child they want to adopt when they can’t afford the costs of the adoption. So what’s the lesson here? Some people really believe it takes a village. And only donations to registered charities will get you a tax break. Also, sometimes the good guy wins, like Umpqua Community College shooting survivor and hero Chris Mintz, whose cousin set up a gofundme account, spread the word on Facebook, and raised more than $800,000.
I see nothing wrong with this and this happens in real life too. I remember my brother asking for money from our relatives when he was trying to go to Europe with a class and my parents paid for him to go to China this summer for school. He also asked them to help him so he can go to law school and they are paying his rent and everything because he is too busy to work because he has to go to school and do studying and homework and he wouldn’t be able to do this without my parents help. But some people do this on Facebook now where they have friends and family on there instead of picking up the phone to call or writing them a letter or email. Also adoption is expensive and even parents don’t have to pay a lot when they give birth to their own child but yet adoption costs way more. Adopting from foster care is very cheap (only cost a couple thousand) and sometimes it’s free to adopt through foster care after you have fostered that child but it depends on the US state. I read in Oregon it’s free. So just because someone can’t afford to adopt doesn’t mean they can’t afford to raise a child. You even have to fly over seas to pick up your child you are adopting and that is also expensive.