I hate to talk about FaceBook once again, but I am a little obsessed with it. Really, I am obsessed with what I will call the self-stalkers on FaceBook: the people who post their every move throughout the day. Basically, they are stalking themselves. They post everything from when they get up in the morning, to how their drive to work was, to what they ate for dinner. What provokes these people to communicate their every movement to their FaceBook social circle?
I recently read an article titled “Can you trust a FaceBook profile.” The article discusses how honest people are on FaceBook. The article concludes, based on a study by psychologists, that people are in fact honest when they post on FaceBook, and their postings reflect their real personalities. So, not only are people posting their every move, they are being honest about it. I’m not exactly surprised. Why would anyone lie about what they ate for dinner or that they are having a crappy day? I just want to know what inspires these self-stalkers to post on FaceBook so frequently?
My status updates typically revolve around new events, stressful subjects that I need to vent about, or light-hearted topics that I want to share. Or, sometimes I get into a situation where I have nothing to do but use my cell phone to look busy or occupy some downtime. Haven’t you you ever waited to be seen at a medical office or waited in line for something. As you sit and wait I’m sure you end up checking FaceBook on your hand-held, right? Then what happens? You post something. Maybe people are turning to their FaceBook page as a source of social interaction when they are all alone? I don’t really know. I just know that I am going to keep reading the array of FaceBook updates and I will continue to wonder what makes people post.