Ah, Facebook. So many ways to make fun of it. There's the Vaguebookers, the "Pay attention to me!" types, the suspiciously fawning spouses, the Debbie Downers, and the Mommyjackers. But then there's the super awkward things that just kind of happen, even if you consider yourself a conscientious Facebooker. But Facebook is a microcosm of the human condition -- plus, it's there. So we all keep going back where the action is, no matter how much we gripe about it.
Here are 10 super awkward Facebook moments.
That awkward moment when ...
You insult your friend's friend. Most of us don't peruse our friends' entire friends list before we post in a thread. Though maybe we should. I just saw an instance where a friend posted an interview with a writer. And then her friend came into the thread and insulted that writer. And then the writer -- who was my friend's friend -- came in and said, "It's not nice to call someone a douchebag. You never know who's listening." Awk-o-ward!
You like something horrible. Facebook is notoriously missing a "thumbs down" button, and a lot of us don't have time to post a comment, so we find ourselves automatically acknowledging updates with a thumbs up. And that can mean belatedly realizing we just "liked" the fact that a friend's dog died.
You reveal your stalking. There you are, stalking through your ex's pictures of him and his new girlfriend on vacation, when suddenly your finger slips and you "like" the photo of them kissing by the rapids. Whoops!
You get a friend request from someone you unfriended. So you finally made the decision to unfriend that annoying person who kept writing stupid crap on your wall. You feel empowered. You feel proud. And then a few months later, that person friend requests you with a personal note: "Hey, I think we got unfriended by accident." Errr ...
Real life. That awkward moment when the person whose friend request you've been deliberately ignoring approaches you at a real life party and asks why you haven't accepted her friend request yet. "Ohhhh, did you send me a request? Ohhhh, I really need to check that more!"
Forgetting your own friends list. There's nothing quite like saying something negative about a person only to realize, hours later, that that person is on your friends list.
Your cousin the plumber. That awkward moment when you ask for plumber (or anything else) recommendations and your cousin pipes up with: "I'm a plumber! When do you need me?" And he, of course, was the very person you were trying to avoid hiring.
Your boss. That unbearable moment when your boss sends you a friend request. If you don't accept, life in the office becomes super awkward. If you do, life on Facebook as you know it is over.
You bust yourself. That forehead-slapping moment when you realize you've been Facebooking all night even though you told someone you didn't want to see that you wouldn't be home because you were going to the opera/yoga class/the hospital. And that person is on your friends list.
You bitch about your ex. Only to remember that his best friend is still your Facebook friend.
What awkward Facebook moments have you had?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside