22 annoying communications that should end

Do you instruct people how to leave a voicemail message? Engage in ridiculous Facebook quizzes? Overuse ‘genius’ and ‘brilliant’ (even facetiously)? Yes? Well, knock it off.

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I love to complain. And I love that you love to hear me complain.

For the past four years, my annual lists of communication annoyances (see 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) are consistently among my most popular articles of the year.

Here’s this year’s list of 22 communication annoyances that must stop in 2015. Enjoy or be annoyed.

1. Gullibility for fake revenge stories

Collectively, our guilty pleasure is to watch heroes fall. (Many Hollywood movies follow that very pattern.)

Usually, if it’s a high-profile case, such as the Bill Cosby rape allegations, then there is a lot of reporting and vetting of the situation. But if the story is just about a non-celebrity just being a pompous shmuck, we love to watch him or her being taken down a peg.

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