I have mixed feelings about Facebook. While I love the fact that I can use it to stay in touch with family and friends, I honestly hate what it does to my mental health. I hate that it causes me to compare my life to the highlight reels I see on my timeline and I don’t like that I fall into the trap of seeking validation through the number of likes I get on every status. It’s pretty annoying, but at the same time, it’s so, so addicting.
I know I’m probably not the only Facebook user who feels this way, so I’ve decided to come up with a handy list of unwritten rules that will actually make Facebook a little less annoying. I can’t guarantee that they’ll solve every problem or make you fall in love with the social platform overnight, but it will definitely make Facebook feel more simple, enjoyable, and fun!
Take a look at these 15 unwritten rules that every Facebook user should follow.
1.You are not obligated to add filters to your profile picture in order to prove that you support a cause or care about certain issues.
Filters are a great way to communicate that you support a certain cause, but if someone’s profile picture is not set to a certain filter, like a rainbow or the French flag, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re against it. And besides, we shouldn’t have to feel pressured to show our support through one profile picture when there are more effective ways of showing it.
2. You are not required to catch up on every single status you missed while you were away.
I used to do this a lot, actually. I always feared that I’d miss out on something super important, and so I’d literally read through every single status on my feed until I was all caught up. But not only is this a complete waste of time, it’s also unnecessary.
3. You don’t have to friend people you don’t know, or people that you don’t like.
Don’t feel like you need to be polite and add everyone who tries to friend you on Facebook. Only friend people that you actually know and that you like.
4. You don’t have to accept a friend’s invitation to like a fan page.
Unless you’re actually interested in liking a particular page, don’t feel like you’re obligated to like a page that a friend suggests, because you’re not.
5. You don’t have to post happy birthday to EVERY single friend’s wall, especially if ten of them share it on the same day.
One of the drawbacks to having many friends on Facebook is when several people share the same birthday. But here’s the thing: It’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to post to every single friend’s wall. You don’t have to!
6. Staying friends with people you no longer like or with an ex is not required.
In this case, the unfriend button is your best friend. If you don’t want to stay connected with an old friend or ex because things didn’t end so well, don’t be afraid to cut ties with them on Facebook. And if the situation happens to be more complicated than that, you could always consider using the mute button.
7. If a friend posts something rude or offensive about you on Facebook, handle that matter privately.
Okay, I admit it: Public feuds on Facebook can be entertaining. But honestly, you don’t want to be that person who broadcasts their anger for everyone else to see, because it just looks childish. If you know that you and a friend are at odds, take the conversation elsewhere or just settle it in person.
8. Don’t feel guilty when posting selfies or statuses about your achievements.
Sharing a selfie, or sharing a status or two about something you’re really proud of won’t make you come off as some self-absorbed celebrity. I mean, there’s a difference between sharing something once in a while and constantly bombarding your friends with statuses and photos about your perfect lifestyle. Just don’t overdo it.
9. Don’t send any gaming app invites. At all.
Sending a Candy Crush invite is probably one of the easiest ways to annoy someone on Facebook. Just don’t do it.
10. Don’t feel pressured to share chain letters, superstitious photos, or anything of the sort.
No, you will not die in the next five hours because you failed to share a chain letter and no, failing to share that moving status about poverty does not make you a terrible person. Don’t feel pressured to share anything unless you really want to.
11. Feel free to Facebook stalk people.
Yes, it’s okay to stalk crushes, old friends, your BFF’s new BFF, your ex’s new GF, and so on (I mean, we all do it). But just be careful not to like anything accidentally. And never, under any circumstances, tell people how deep you went into their photo albums.
12. Never believe the inevitable viral message that you have to post a certain status or Facebook is going to delete your account.
That will literally NEVER happen. So don’t freak out.
13. Do not treat your Facebook like it is Twitter.
You can use Twitter for that. Obviously.
14. Never pay attention to the comments of a news article.
You will literally end up going “WTF” at every other comment that you see. Because people can get super weird.
15. Like Gurl on Facebook. 🙂
Yasss girl. Go ahead and click that like button!
Do you agree with these unofficial rules for Facebook? Are there any others that you would add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!