There are many things we collegiettes do that guys just don’t understand and our Facebook routine is one of them. No one wants to be that annoying Facebook girl who overshares every little detail about her life, friend requests everyone within seconds of meeting them, or posts 25 over-edited photos from the same occasion. Her Campus talked to real college guys to learn what annoys them the most about your Facebook so that you can stop committing these oh-so simple, but overly annoying Facebook behaviors before he defriends you.
1. Too many check-ins
“Monica Green was at the grocery store with Emily Sharp and 2 others.”
“Checking in” all the time is like giving everyone an open invitation to stalk you. It’s a habit some of us love (checking in, not stalking), but according to the guys, we should probably stop notifying the world of our whereabouts. He doesn’t care what road you’re on or where you ate dinner. And he definitely doesn’t want to see what bar you’re getting drunk at. According to David, a junior at the University of Illinois, girls who constantly check in think everyone cares where they are but it's just plain annoying to him. You mean, you don’t think I’m more popular now that you know where I am all the time? Save the checking in for vacations or special events. Although he doesn’t want to see your location 24/7, he’ll probably enjoy your check-in at the finish line of the marathon you’ve been training for all year or a photo and check-in at the Rocky Mountains.
2. Photoshop overkill
“New pic. What do you think?”
Yes, it’s fine to hide some of your minor flaws with Photoshop (we all do it once in a while), but it’s not fine to make your hair three shades lighter, turn your hazel eyes bright blue, or change your cup size to DDs. He can tell when you look like a really tan, super skinny version of yourself and I doubt you want him to think you’re one of the girls from Toddlers in Tiaras. “It’s obvious the photo has been edited and it makes the girl seem fake,” says Tony*, a junior at Michigan State University. You’re not fooling anyone. David thinks super Photoshopped photos are a pain. Do the guys a favor and save the photo-shopping for your modeling portfolio.
3. Lovey dovey status updates about your new relationship
“I’m in love and I don’t care what anyone thinks. Enchanted to meet you. Love cures all.”
Guys hate the lovey dovey statuses you post about your new relationship. You might as well force him to read a sappy romance novel because he feels just as tortured reading the status updates about your boyfriend and how in love the two of you are (even though you’ve only been dating for a week). Calvin*, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, says it’s annoying “when girls get in relationships and then all of a sudden they post song lyrics expressing how much they ‘love’ their new boyfriend. Like Taylor Swift and stuff.” You don’t need to let the whole world know you’re head over heels in love. Instead, send your man a text or private Facebook message showing him you care.
4. Cheesy picture captions
“Follow your heart.”
This isn’t a scrapbook page or your high school yearbook so stop trying to come up with clever picture captions each time you upload a new photo. The guys think it’s super annoying when you put cutesy captions by every picture. Ryan*, a freshman at Loyola University, says, “I hate seeing stupid sayings by girls’ photos like ‘no regrets or yolo’.” If you can tell what the picture is from looking at it, you probably don’t need a paragraph-long description. Save the picture captions for times when it isn’t obvious who or what is in the picture. And even then, say something that adds value to the picture; do not put a cheesy quote.
5. Whiny statuses
“My life sucks. Can one more thing go wrong today? I hate everything. Why did he leave me for her?”
Admit it, your life really isn’t so bad. Complaining about things isn’t going to make him drop what he’s doing and be your hero. In fact, if your statuses would give Negative Nancy a run for her money, he will probably defriend you. The passive aggressive statuses that contain song lyrics and just so happen to mimic your life are not his cup of tea. He will not read between the lines and fix whatever it is that you’re really complaining about. Zack, a junior at Michigan State University, says, “I don’t like whiny statuses because they’re an obvious cry for attention especially when they’re directed at a guy.” There’s never a time for whiny Facebook statuses. Instead, call your best friend and vent to her!