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8 reasons why Facebook sucks

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Most of us are dependent on social media nowadays, especially Facebook. But sometimes Facebook is so annoying. Come to think of it, there are better things o do than being a Facebook addict. Here’s why Facebook sucks.

 Annoying people who keep posting about all the proceedings in their lives

Many people keep yapping about what’s happening in their lives, even details they’d rather keep to themselves. Some spend the better part of their days trying to prove how cool they are. Think about it: What sounds more appealing (and believable)? Reading a status that says, “I’m currently hanging out with DJ Joe Mfalme!” or a picture of that person actually posing with DJ Joe Mfalme? A photo is definitely more engaging or at least some kind of proof.  It’s much better to post good outcome of your life with evidence rather than lying you are at Blankets and Wine yet you are bored at the house watching, ‘El quero del mundo.’

 Your parents, relatives (and even grandparents) are now watching your every move.

Last year seemed to be the year everyone’s mom, dad, grandmother and great aunt got hooked on Facebook. And that meant every time you posted a status about something innocuous, these Facebook novices started breathing down your neck the minute you hit “post.” We get enough scolding from our parents “IRL” — no need to let it trickle onto a social media site where our friends can laugh at our familial bickering. My dad once tried to force me to change my profile pick to something more decent. The next thing I did was blocking him then I lied had quit Facebook.

 Or they’re posting photos of you that you would never want anyone to see

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What’s worse than getting no “likes” on an Instagram photo you posted? Checking your Facebook and realizing that a horribly embarrassing photo of you that your mom posted is getting over 50 “likes,” along with some pretty serious mockery in the comments section.

 Facebook makes you feel less positive about your life.

Even though the purpose of Facebook is effectively to reveal details about everything and anything you do, access to this knowledge could take a toll on your mental well-being. A recent study done by the Department of Behavioral Science at the Utah Valley University discovered that heavy Facebook users aren’t the happiest people out there. The researchers found that just using Facebook makes you view your life more negatively. Of 400 students questioned, “those who have used Facebook longer agreed more that others were happier, and agreed less that life is fair, and those spending more time on Facebook each week agreed more that others were happier and had better lives.” Admit it dear ladies, it’s annoying seeing those perfect pictures with 100 likes of that photogenic friend who’s far prettier than you are. Or that guy who always has chics posting on his wall to get his attention.

 The excessive ads are about to ruin the whole experience.

It’s annoying, being forced to read an ad about someone or something you don’t like. You log in to Facebook then bump into a suggested post, “QUINCY TIMBERLAKE, Placenta Party of Kenya: Kikuyu’s should relinquish power in 2017…..bla bla bla.” What the fuck? No one would willingly read Quincy Timberlake’s crap but since he has promoted his post by paying Facebook to advertise, it has to be there. Somebody please take this shit away. There are actually rumours doing the rounds that Facebook is planning auto-play video ads to run on our time line, like You Tube. How annoying will that be? We will just keep ‘skipping the ad’.

 It makes getting over a breakup really hard

Back in the days, before social media, people broke up and never called the person again. It was relatively simple to move on (providing you weren’t forced to physically see the person on a day-to-day basis). But in today’s interconnected world, having constant access to your ex’s timeline can easily cause serious obsessive tendencies and behavior. Facebook makes your relationship status public and it allows you to see all the action your ex is getting. Facebook also prevents you from getting any extra action since your lover is always on the lookout for competition.

 Potential employers might misjudge you

Nowadays employers prefer checking Facebook profiles of people applying for jobs. When potential employers see major variations between the content on your CV and the content on your FB profile, their immediate perception is that you are a dishonest person. How you conduct yourself on Facebook might also put off potential employers, yet in reality you’re just having fun.  Watch out.

 You realize you only know and care about only 30 people out of your 1,000 friends.

It starts to get kind of weird when you check the birthdays for the day and don’t remember who any of the five people are. How do you know them? Did you add them randomly? Are they some random person you met at a bar in college one night, and in a drunken stupor decided to “add on Facebook”? Probably. Do you need to know that this person is joining Moi University this week? More importantly, do you care? Nope. It could be time to overhaul your friends list. Or maybe it’s time to realize that your Facebook account is being used pretty much entirely to keep tabs on these kinds of strangers.

Written by Philip Etemesi (KU)

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