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Antisocial Networking

Posted by Daniel on February 5, 2009

I recently joined Facebook (yeah, I know) because several people I went to school with recommended it as a place to catch up on old times. Sounded good…but then…

that viral thing facebook 25 random things about

A girl I knew in high school has memorized all of Janet Jackson’s dance routines. Another acquaintance is afraid of train whistles. Five separate people harbor lifelong desires to visit New Zealand. How do I know these things? Because they won’t stop writing about them on Facebook!

And I thought MySpace was getting mundane!!!

Facebook’s ’25 Things About Me’ meme seems harmless enough: people write 25 facts about themselves and then post them to their Facebook pages, just as they do with videos, status updates and photos of last weekend’s party. An estimated 5 million notes — that’s 125 million facts — have appeared on the website within the past week. Assuming it takes someone 10 minutes to come up with the list, this recent bout of viral narcissism has sent roughly 800,000 hours of work time productivity down the drain.

But it’s just so stupid. Most people aren’t funny, they aren’t insightful, and they share way too much. Facebook is a loose social network; a “friend” on Facebook might translate to someone you’d barely recognize in real life. I don’t care that my college roommate’s sister is anemic or that my step-cousin’s boyfriend gets nervous around old people (apparently he’s afraid they’re going to die).

Below are 25 facts I wish people hadn’t told me about themselves. They come from from friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-friends-of-friends and coworkers. They are all real, although I wish some of them were not.

1. I eat tacos with a fork.
2. I was fat in middle school. The wake of that horror has yet to subside.
3. I keep forgetting that Barack Obama is our President.
4. I have been pooped on by a monkey.
5. I am addicted to the ass-slap dance move. Sometimes don’t even notice I’m doing it.
6. When I finally told my now fiancé that I liked him (as in, liked him liked him), I drunkenly gave him the Anchorman line, “I want to be on you.” He had only seen the movie once and had no idea what it was from.
7. Just because I realize that Asian women are smarter, more attractive, and have about themselves a generally superior level of class does not mean I have a fetish. Just that I’m racist.
8. I eat gummy bears by tearing them limb from limb and eating their heads last.
9. I can’t grow hair on my arms.
10. Two of my best friends are under five feet tall and I have an intense fear of midgets.
11. I think yoga is incredibly spiritual. I know the Lord is with me in my downward dog.
12. I was born with jaundice.
13. I was born pigeon-toed.
14. I was born with an extra kidney. I wish I could have sold it on the black market and made some money but it was underdeveloped and did nothing but cause me to wet the bed until the third grade.
15. I like to tape my thumbs to my hands to see what it would be like to be a dinosaur.
16. A horse once fell over while I was riding it.
17. I don’t believe in democracy.
18. I cried when Spock died in Star Trek II.
19. I drink two glasses of wine every night before bed. Wait, did I just admit to alcoholism?
20. If you asked me to tell you my favorite movie, I would have a hard time not saying Titanic.
21. I once sent a teacher into early retirement by pretending to be a cheetah and swiping at her from under a desk.
22. I once ran into New Kids On the Block’s Joey McIntyre in the lobby of an off-Broadway show. I told him he was the first boy I ever loved. He laughed and kind of smiled. This was the most gratifying moment of my life.
23. My friends say that when they shave my back I purr like a walrus.
24. I don’t understand what people see in the Godfather trilogy.
25. Sometimes I think pee smells like Cheerios.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve finally found something more stupid than Twitter.

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2 Responses to “Antisocial Networking”

  1. jopolitesse said

    What is Twitter, anyway??? I don’t understand it! Will somebody explain to me and my Swedish friend what the hell Twitter actually is? Please and thank you.

    jopolitesse, a new blogger and potential Twitter fan, depending on what it is…

  2. Nando said

    I agree, I have seen these little notes created by SATAN and have refused to participate. Although I also agree with #2 up there–SORRY!

    Keep up the good work!

    Nando

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