I am not addicted to Facebook. I am also not addicted to my phone. Sometimes I intentionally leave my smartphone at home so I can go somewhere without the temptation to check the phone, instant messages, the world wide web, or email. Some people search for places in the world they can travel and not get a cell phone signal. Well… I just go places without my smartphone and it has the same effect.
However, when I do have my smartphone with me, I noticed an irritating habit. I would check Facebook a lot. I have several friends, and keeping up on their fun, or problems, made me feel connected to them. I think this became more important to me when I moved to Oregon because I left several great friends in Colorado.
Will you please learn proper netiquette? I am growing tired of the emotion being wasted on lies and half-truths. No, it is not the drunken Friday night spats or the latest break-up that irritates me. It is not even getting spammed by pictures of your kids that has annoyed me. It is the memes and bogus news stories that assault my Facebook news feed on a weekly basis.
And then there was also the twitter explosion involving Megan Fox, who allegedly died. She posted on her Facebook page that she was not dead. Her nondeath has been verified by news sources, and herself, so no need to consult snopes.com on this one.
The following is a better way to post a news story Photo on Facebook! Notice that it includes links so that people can consult actual news sources to know if this actually happened.
I no longer want to see stories on Facebook that are posted without verified news links. It is ridiculous for 100,000 people to “like” something that isn’t even true. Snopes.com is nice, but I don’t want to consult it for EVERY single news story/meme that appears.
Facebook has never been my primary source for news, but the emotional impact that people experience about some of these “fake” stories bothers me. What do you think about the social media hoax phenomenon?