Someone I know posted this Facebook status update today:
Most of us have received something to this effect, yes?To every single one of you who are on my friends list, old friends and new, I enjoy meeting you on here. I enjoy catching up; I enjoy hearing about you and your family; I am not only glad to count you as friends, but also family. Let’s see who actually pays attention. Like this post and then copy this as your status just for a minute. I’ll be watching to see who really does cherish family and friendship. Thank you for being part of my life
"Repost/resend this if you really love/value/like me."
"Repost/resend this if you really hate cancer."
"Repost/resend this if you LOVE kittens."
"Repost/resend this unless you want to die an excruciating death."
"Repost/resend this if you love Jesus/America/Veterans/Neapolitan Ice Cream"
(And if you don't, you must hate <blank>.)
I noticed that some of his friends and family started immediately "Liking" and commenting on this post, then reposting the message as demanded... for fear of being branded the "bad friend"?
For the record,
The first thousand times I saw this sort of thing, I rolled my eyes. However, at this point, I don't think I can express how offensive I find this sort of inanity. If you are seriously going to let this determine the value of our relationship, I really don't want anything to do with you.
What do the rest of you think about this sort of thing? Does it annoy you? Do you pass this sort of thing along yourself? Can any of you help me articulate why this sort of thing gets under my skin so much? I know my disapproval is wrapped up in the presumption of these gestures, as well as superficiality, but I need to separate my tangle of impressions so that I can translate and articulate them as clear thoughts.
Thanks in advance.