I work on the Internet for a living. Because of that, I glance at Facebook a lot. I’m not going to get into how often right now a) because my boss might be reading and b) because it’s an embarrassing amount for an adult man. Let’s just agree it’s enough to run into a lot of overly complicated ethical dilemmas on social media. Because of this, I’ve become pretty savvy.
I sign on, quickly fire through all the new statuses on my newsfeed, like all of the appropriate ones, laugh at all of the terrible ones and sign off. It’s all a pretty efficient process, but now and again, I come across a weird Facebook status that leaves me confused about what to do. Should I like it? Should I leave a comment? Or should I ignore? There’s no proper protocol.
But since these exact situations keeps coming up and over and over again, I decided to start keeping track of the confusing ones. After awhile, I lumped them together into different categories. And now, I’m presenting them to the world. You’re welcome.
Here are 3 types of Facebook statues I’m not sure whether or not to like…
Someone I Know Is Dating/ Engaged/ Married To Someone I Don’t KnowYou know what I love? Love. I genuinely want every single person who I’m friends with on Facebook to find someone to be with, even the ones I secretly hate. So, on the one hand, my first impulse is to insta-like every single new romantic coupling. Some dude I went to high school with has a hot wife now? Like. A girl I knew in college has a new boyfriend with a weird name? Like.
But here’s the thing. A lot of people make terrible relationship decisions, and most of these couples are not going to last forever. Should I really just be liking some random relationship I don’t know anything about? This random chick, hot as she might be, could be a soul-sucking monster. This dude could be a d-bag to end all d-bags. Can I really take that chance?
Final Verdict: I usually Facebook stalk the person I don’t know. If they seem like a pretty good dude/ lady, I’ll throw out the like. If I find some serious red flags, I move along with my day without liking.