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The Attention-seeking Idiots Of Facebook

Facebook, loved for its privacy problems, is an extremely popular social networking website. Not only does it have, according to 500 million active users A lot of those users are people from Generation Y, and they are known for being attention seekers. Those can be put into 3 different groups: button rapists, chatterboxes, and privacy hypocrites, each of which worse than the other.

The least attention-seeking person is usually a button rapist. On Facebook you can ‘Like’ things, like fan-created pages of e.g.’ Nyan Cat’, a lovely animation of a Poptart cat, or very popular people, like pop stars or politicians. If you like something it is not only displayed on your own page, but also on the creator’s page. As the name suggests, button rapists can’t stop pushing that button. No matter if it’s a page for a really fun video game like ‘Portal’ or a huge tech company like ‘Microsoft’. In addition to those things, you can also like the posts, pictures and notes of others like friends or family. Because of the massive amount of notifications, this can get incredibly annoying for an innocent bystander, or seem incredibly rude when someone likes a status which informs about e.g. a tragic death in the family. Incredibly this doesn’t seem to stop there. ‘Pokes’ are, according to Wikipedia, “used to attract attention or say hello to a friend.” To be exact it is just sending a notification that someone ‘poked’ someone else on Facebook, and apparently button rapists love to use and abuse this feature too. They just love to poke everyone, and since they seemingly never heard of anything like common sense or rules regarding behavior, they ignore every person telling them to stop poking them. It is important to understand though, that this specific group of people is still by comparison the least problematic attention-seeker.

I hate chatter boxes, but I got to admit that I am one of them. They tend to post everything unnecessary on the blue colored page. No matter if it’s about tasty breakfast, late busses, random thoughts, funny cats, breaking news, failing teachers, or just dead batteries, they will post it. Let’s take last Wednesday as an example. I woke up at 6:00am. Still in bed, the first thing I did was post ‘Good morning, everyone.’ After getting up, getting dressed, and getting ready for the day, I made breakfast. The usual cereal with milk, but this time it looked a bit strange. The obvious action was to go ahead and post it on Facebook with the description ‘Am I seeing this right, or am I still dreaming?’ Then it was time for school, so I checked on the website of the local public transport organization for the departure time of my bus. Route 35 would be 20 minutes late again. I couldn’t withstand taking a screenshot of this and posting it on the big blue website with the comment ‘I hate the metro SO MUCH.’ After my first class it was 9:20am. I went to HT1 with my laptop, and booted it up. First thing to do was, as usual, to go on Facebook and say that I am at HT1, Bay 24 and whoever would like to come by should do so. I posted this 3 times; more desperate for communication every time, since sadly nobody commented, messaged, or even came by. At 12:50pm it was time for another class and obviously another status. This time I just wrote ‘Time for my favorite class, won’t wait for you all again.’ A few hours later, I was home again and looking for someone to have a video call with, so another post went off, and as usual there was nobody to talk with. Clearly visible in this example is that my ‘friends’ on Facebook don’t seem to care at all, hide me from their news feed, and even get mad at me for talking too much. This sadly applies to every chatter box, but it is necessary to point out though, that chatter boxes do have a limit for posting about personal or embarrassing things around them or in their lives.

The worst group of those three doesn’t seem to be mentally or physically able to restrict themselves from going over that limit. It’s not even known if this group knows the difference between private and public. Those people are also known as ‘privacy hypocrites.’ Unlike the chatter boxes, they don’t post a lot, but if they post, I can ensure that it is something, which the world’s population simply doesn’t want to know. Most popular example for this is their love life. The least problematic things are that they start flirting on a friend’s timeline, wall, or whatever they are called. Do I seriously want to know about how pretty their eyes look in the dark, or do I seriously need to know how their kisses feel like? I’m pretty sure that I seriously don’t need to know this. To be fairly honest, I hate it more than anything else. Incredibly this doesn’t stop there. I had even the pleasure of reading a status, in which one of my ‘friends’ was with his girlfriend at his bed. Worst of all, those people don’t even notice, and actually complain about Facebook’s privacy problems, as if Facebook would have posted such intimate things about their own personal lives. They might succeed in getting attention from others, but mostly others will be disgusted.

Being a button rapists, chatter box, or privacy hypocrite, simply shows a classic behavior of a Generation Y teenager: Wanting attention at any price. This comes from the fact that they don’t have enough attention. There are many teens, myself included, who are being treated like that. If someone complains about having one of those three types of attention-seekers in their lives, they should first think why they are doing this, and then rant about them.