In a world where time is increasingly at a premium, it is fascinating how we come up with new ways to waste it on a regular basis…largely involving mobile phones and tablets…and then often badging it as “social” media. Much like my writing this post I suppose!
I’ve been using Facebook for a while now and I have found it interesting to observe how different people use it…I kind of figure there are different “personalities” at play in Facebookland. I thought I’d try and pigeonhole them…see where you fit (perhaps in more than one from time to time)…
The Tell All – someone who uses Facebook generally to tell you about everything they are doing or where they are going. This type of person is probably easy to burgle if their privacy settings aren’t right. Most users do this occasionally (and it can be really interesting) because life is about new experiences but surely not about announcements of the mundane…
The Ghost – you would never know they were an active user…they never post anything and seemingly just use Facebook to check up (or snoop?) on people…no point being their “friend” really. The only way you’d know that they’re alive is if someone tags them or if they change their photo (which is rare).
The Quoter – this person likes to share quotations or things like personality tests…presumably because they are trying to motivate themselves or want to tell you something about themselves in a roundabout way. Kind of curious on a psychological level really.
The Bean Counter – this is the type of individual who values the quantity of “friends” they have immensely. They will probably want to be your friend even though you barely know them. They may even tell you about the number of fiends they have. They probably have very few real friends but quantity rules over quality – for them.
The Selfie King/Queen – some people just like taking photos of themselves. There really aren’t many good selfies out there. Strange how modern culture has led to this…are we really that lonely as individuals within a species? What happened to asking a kind stranger to take your picture in the hope of it actually being decent?
The Quizzer – there are loads of quizzes circulating in Facebookland and there are those folks who feel that they have to tell you what they’ve scored on a quiz so that maybe you want a go as well. Kind of weirdly passive-competitive.
The “Share This If You Are My Friend” Person – for some people, being their actual friend isn’t enough, they have to ask you to share random nonsense with everyone else, and thus ask your own friends to do the same. These sharing activities are rarely meaningful and generally serve minimal purpose.
Solidarity – similar to the previous person…and can be a rare activity of the Ghost. When something of note happens in the world (usually something bad), they will put a national flag filter or suchlike on a profile photo to show they care. Why not do something useful and proactive to help instead?
The Liker / Sharer – they use Facebook to keep abreast of things they are interested in and like it or share it with friends. Simple. Often very interesting too…sometimes not.
Love Me, Love My Children – you can fully understand why parents like to post pictures of their kids because the kids are at the centre of their lives. With close friends it is nice to see this side of life. With anyone else, it feels strangely voyeuristic and peculiar to have this sort of family insight.
Hidden Depths – it is very unusual for people to discuss anything in any detail or of a personal nature on Facebook (some people would struggle to do this face-to-face). This is easy to understand because you don’t really know who is going to read it but I feel it is great when people do use this tool to reach out to others on an emotional level…just like true friends actually would.
The Offender – let’s be honest, in all forms of “social media”, there are people who feel that they have total freedom to try to offend as many people as possible or embarrass others (“antisocial media”?) – as if the fact they are not in a room with someone gives them anonymity. Unfriend? Unfollow? Block? You decide.
The Analyst – I can’t very well pour scorn and cynicism on the use of Facebook without pouring it on myself for finding the way people use it to be of interest can I? At the end of the day, they are friends to varying levels and most of what is posted by friends is by default fairly interesting or you would perhaps unfriend them! Just remember that politics and religion are foolish subjects for public forum!
I am sure there are far more types than this of course…and there is no substitute for actual face-to-face friendship…now please…do expand on it if you wish…and do share this if you are my friend! Hahaha! 🙂