The other day, I was hanging out with my boyfriend, when he innocently asked me, “What shoe size are you?”
“Size 6. Why?” I replied.
He shrugged. “Just wondering. Some girl on Facebook is selling a pair of Michael Kors shoes, but they’re a size 5.5.”
Immediately, an alarm went off in my head. “Some girl” was selling those shoes on Facebook? Normally, that wouldn’t have bothered me in the slightest bit, but I just so happened to know for a fact that “some girl” was actually his ex-girlfriend. How did I know? I stalked her Facebook, of course.
Before my brain told my mouth to shut up, I had already made a sarcastic remark about it to him. He stared at me in shock, and then said, “How do you know she was selling them? You’re not even friends with her!” I shrugged and admitted the truth: I had looked at her page anyway.
Yes, I it’s true: I’m a Facebook stalker. Okay, before you call me crazy, let’s all take a minute to admit this: we’ve all indulged in a little Facebook stalking at one point. And by “at one point,” I actually mean all the time. If you have a Facebook account (and if you don’t, I’m very jealous), you know how ridiculously easy it can be to snoop around and look at other people’s pages – especially when those other people are your boyfriend’s exes.
Now, my first thought while arguing with my boyfriend about this was that maybe I shouldn’t have admitted to stalking his ex. But then I thought, what’s the big deal? We ALL Facebook stalk, and we all know it! I don’t know about you, but my girlfriends and I talk about it all the time. I can’t count how many times a friend has begged me to add their crush or their BF’s ex so that they could log onto my page and do a little quality stalking. I also know more than a handful of people who have actually created fake accounts in order to snoop more effectively… okay, maybe that one is a little over the top.
Listen, it’s not like I’m checking out my BF’s ex’s page every single day – I’m really not. Every once in a while, I get curious or I see her name pop up somewhere on my newsfeed, and I look at it. It’s mainly out of pure curiosity. Yeah, I’ve seen most of her pictures and I’ve showed them to all of my BFFs, but I don’t want to know everything about this girl’s life. And I’m not doing it to check up on my boyfriend either. I’m just curious about the chick he dated before me, and that’s totally normal.
I also don’t reserve my stalking just for the girls my BF has smooched before me. If I see a random girl I don’t know write on my BFF’s wall, I’ll check out her page. If I see a dude creeping on my little sister, I look at his pictures. If I see my brother flirting with a new girl, I look at her page. And so on. I’m not doing this to be creepy, weird or psycho-ish. I’m doing this because the info is there, and I’m curious. And I know most of you do the same thing.
If you’re FB stalking obsessively, like every single day; and making weird fake profiles to look at people you’re not friends with, then that’s when things get out of hand. But if you just let yourself indulge in some stalker time once in a while, I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. And now that the secret’s out to my boyfriend, I’ll admit it to everyone: I’m a Facebook stalker and (kind of) proud.
Do you ever Facebook stalk? Have you ever looked at a boyfriend’s ex’s page? Would you ever make a fake profile or login to one of your friend’s accounts to look at a page? Let me know in the comments!