Social media is part of our everyday life. It gives us a convenient platform to share personal insights and happenings with family and friends.
However, some people intentionally or unintentionally abuse social media, inflicting negativity, anxiety, and unhappiness on others.
Without further ado, let me present the eight most annoying personalities on social media:
1. The enthusiastic stranger
This type wants to chat with you so much that he or she will ask about your hobby, your occupation, the name of your pet, your parents, where you like to go on your next vacation, and so on to infinity. He or she will just keep on “building the rapport” with you to a point where it gets a little freaky. Best way to deal with enthusiastic strangers? Block them.
2. The ‘every day is a bad day’ ranter
Don’t let negative people bring you down. The ranter complains about everything under the sun; negativity can sour your mood, so avoid the ranter as much as possible. Help if you can, but try not to be brought down in the process.
3. The anonymous stalker
Though we have heard from a lot of people saying that social media means that we are more open now, you still have to keep a little bit of privacy and space for yourself. Parents of children and young teens, beware.
4. The shadow backstabber
Hidden in the shadow of anonymity, your co-worker might be waiting patiently for the opportunity for you to air your dirty laundry or rant about work; once you do that, the backstabbing could begin at any time.
5. The “why you didn’t like my posts” dude
This happened to my friend recently. An acquaintance (X) whom she met just one time, added her on Facebook. A few days later, X messaged my friend to “like” his Facebook page. Well, my friend ignored his request as she is not interested in his Facebook page. X messaged her again. This time, my friend told X explicitly that she is not interested in his page. X then messaged her several times to ask her for the reasons why she dislikes his page. To make a long story short, my friend unfriended X.
Story’s over, right? Not so fast. X called my friend on the phone and asked her why she “unfriended” him on Facebook. (I then advised my friend to call the police.)
You won’t die if people do not like your page, your posts, your tweets, your pins, and other social media updates. Do not obsess about the social media thing. Move on.
6. The announcer of literally everything
Sometimes we get people posting these nothing updates:
“Hi, all. I am now at the barber.”
“Wow, I just woke up from sleep!”
“I bought a pen! Cool, right?”
“Hey, friends, you know what? Lisa fell down and has a small bruise on her knee!”
If an event is exciting, or an insight new and interesting, then tell the world. However, if your “updates” are generally boring or banal, try not to overdo it.
7. The hard-selling “friend”
Sometimes it is difficult to reject a friend, but if the “friend” has the intention of profiting from you, then he or she cannot be a true friend. A true friend will never hard-sell anything to another, so just ignore these hard-selling people online.
8. The ruthless critic
Ruthless critics are dream killers. It’s fine to accept constructive criticism, but not a personal attack in the guise of advice from a friend.
Well, there you have them: the eight most annoying personalities on social media. Ignore or avoid them if possible; do not let them stress you out or taint your mood.
Jacky Tan is a professional writer who teaches modern marketing and social media skills that are not taught in textbooks. A version of this article first appeared on Marketing Strategy Expert.