Monday, July 20, 2015

That Moment When...I Slapped You

Sometimes I carefully research things before posting, hoping to provide useful information.

Sometimes I just like to vent.

This is one of the latter situations. Mostly because, despite my research, I've failed to find why this trend has become so popular. But it's annoying the you-know-what out of me.

Please tell me when it became a requirement that people begin every single social media posts with "That moment when." And am I the only one who is annoyed by it?



In small doses, it's cute. But I'm in a particular Facebook group for writers where every post starts that way. "That moment when you have a deadline and you're munching on Cheetos." "That moment when you were supposed to have a call, only the person doesn't pick up, so you end up realizing you've worked your day around something that isn't going to happen." Sometimes the "That moment whens" kick off a three-paragraph-long post, which is just ridiculous.

I just have to say that it's freakin' annoying when every post seems to start that way.





The best I can tell, the trend started as "That awkward moment" in 2009 and at some point 'awkward' became negotiable. It has now become a standard way for some people to start a status update. Kind of like the way we followed the unwritten rule that we start our Facebook posts with the word "is" in the early days of the site. ("Stephanie Faris is eating an ice cream sundae.") People obviously missed having rules and decided "That moment" was a great way to kick off every. Single. Status update.




Is there anything you find annoying on social media?

57 comments:

  1. I guess I haven't noticed that one.
    The only thing that annoys me are people who only Tweet 'buy my book' and nothing else.
    Oh, and really negative people. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

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    1. I use lists on Twitter...so people who use social media for that never get my eyeballs! On Facebook, another pet peeve of mine is people who show their disgusting, infected wounds. Nobody wants to see that!

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  2. I haven't noticed that trend... my pet peeve is people who post endlessly about the one they love. If it was all that great you wouldn't have time to post, you'd be enjoying each other :-) ... ♡

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    1. You guys are going to start noticing it now! I agree. When I'm reading other people's posts the most, I'm living the least.

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  3. don't think I've ever used it. The most annoying thing about social media is that horrid prick, excuse my French, Katelin Jenner, you can't escape from that vile creature, she pops up from everywhere I half expect from her to pop out of my toilet bowl next time I pick up the seat.... I'm also annoyed by people who don't know when to stop at FACE and TWITTER and post countless things a day... Once a day is more than enough from anyone.....

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    1. If she pops up out of your toilet bowl, there's reason for concern. I often will go weeks without posting anything, then go on vacation and post eight pics a day!

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  4. "Friends" that post 15 "inspirational" things a day annoy me. My 14 year old granddaughter informed me the other day that Facebook is for "old people" Maybe that's what's wrong with it. :)

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    1. LOL...and what's with all the recipes? There are a few great "hacks" people have posted that have changed the way I do things forever. The one about getting a 12-pack of soda in your refrigerator with just three steps was amazing. I don't ever buy soda anymore, but that probably saved me at least two hours over the course of a couple of years!

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  5. That moment when ... ;-)

    Things like this always make me think that people just need to find a different social network (not site. but actual people with whom you interact).

    While people I know use this (as do I), it is in those cute, small doses you mentioned. I don't even see it once a day on my feed or in groups I belong to. So it doesn't annoy me. Most things online don't, though. I can scroll past or turn it off so I don't get worked up over it. It's when it's something I literally can't get away from that I go figuratively insane.

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    1. The group where I'm seeing it is a group of full-time freelance writers...not exactly a cutesy group! They're pretty serious...and CREATIVE. So you'd think they could be a little more original. I think it's contagious. So many people do it on there, everyone just follows the crowd.

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  6. Ha! EVERYTHING on social media these days drives me nuts. I always say i'm thisclose to deleteing FB since I despise it, and all my friends just annoy me to death these days The "That Moment When" thing was fun in the beginning but I don't know why people have to start everything with it..certain phrases just become so trendy for no reason and everyone feels like they have to be part of it!

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    1. Glad you see it, too! I wonder if it's something younger people do? I don't see it on my main newsfeed so much, just in that one group.

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  7. Oh yes. Social media absolutely annoys me sometimes. Facebook especially. And those people that just post, post, post, and none of it is interesting. I also don't like when folks over-share. It feels good to vent on a Monday morning. :)

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    1. I love people who post when they're going to bed, when they wake up, etc. There was one woman who complained about traffic every single day. We get it. You have to battle to get to work. Either move, find another job, or shut up!

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  8. I beginning to find all social media annoying. I'm wasting too much time on political arguments, gossip, silly trivia discussions, etc. I'm thinking of a world without Facebook.

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    1. The arguments are getting old. People post things just knowing they'll get everyone riled up.

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  9. Sometimes I find those funny...like the Cheetos one...but you're right that too many people are doing it and not doing it well. I think I only ever posted one status on FB that started with "That awkward moment when..." and that was years ago on my personal profile.

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    1. That just shows how old the saying is!

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  10. Yep. Very annoying that one! And I'm getting tired of all the repetition. I think I've read the same complaint or news flash twenty times--all by different people.

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    1. I agree! When something major happens, everyone has to post a status update on it. Like we can't read the news.

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  11. I'm not sure if I've done this before. Probably not. Most social media trends annoy me. Mostly because people in general annoy me, so yeah.

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  12. Funny you mentioned this because I noticed it as well LOL! I try not to let things bother me but, more often than not, the things that do are those people that feel the need to post about every single thing they do that day, including going to the bathroom. I mean, um, no, we really don't need to know that!

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    1. There's a site where people post pictures of their poop. I do sometimes wonder what this means for the future of our country!

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  13. Hmm, now I'm wondering if I've ever written that on my blog....

    I'm not on FB or Twitter so my exposure to social media isn't too bad - nothing has really annoyed me all that much. :)

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    1. I'm not on there as much as I should be--I usually go straight to the groups I've joined. I'm in a Big Brother group and a freelance writers' group--both are very active, so they keep me from scrolling through my general feed.

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  14. All the hateful people. They just troll until they find someone to attack. Those are the folks that make me cringe. I need that shut-up gif at the bottom of this post.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I don't understand those people. I was in a group with a girl who posted an article on Vox about her experience as a housekeeper. People were SO mean in the comments. I just can't figure out the type of people who spend their days posting mean comments on articles. Even if the articles merit it, aren't there better things they can do with their time?

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  15. I find lots of shit annoying on social media. Hence the reason I don't do Twitter FB or Instagram. They can take their WCW and MCM and shove it!

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    1. WCW and MCM? I'm going to have to look those up!

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  16. I've seen it a time or two, but never to that extent. Lots annoys me, why I ignore it 90% of the time lol

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  17. I must hang with a different crowd; I see it occasionally but not to the extreme overall. HOWEVER...I have one young relative who DOES do that all the time. We may have an awkward moment in our future...

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  18. I don't play FB or twitter. Or instagram. And you are making me thankful. I am quite grumpy enough already. Too grumpy already.

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  19. That is too funny; I have not heard of the moment when things going around on Facebook (and apparently for a long time too :)

    Right now I'm coming up empty with anything annoying me with social media, which probably means nothing does (except for countless selfies some people do)

    betty

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  20. What a delightful post indeed. Greetings!

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  21. I hadn't noticed, but now I will and I will find it annoying. Almost as annoying as pictures of tonight's dinner at The Olive Garden.

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  22. Oh now you've done it. That's going to be stuck in my brain and I'll probably end up starting all my posts that way. (Wringing my hands) :)

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  23. For one thing, your posts never annoys me. I find you refreshing and down to earth.

    I deactivated my facebook account because I felt annoyed at people trying to sell me things they made, the like me button, all those countless saying or quotes or inspirations.

    Other things that annoyed me was all the very personal stuff people post about themselves. Some very tasteless. Being tagged in a photo.

    I never subscribed to Pinterest but I've had some photos of mine posted on Pinterest. it was done as a compliment but I wasn't asked and it was annoying to know people could do that. If they can post that they can post anything.

    I don't subscribe to Instagram, or Twitter either. Blogger is the only social media I subscribed and Google + sucked me in when I clicked on a link someone sent me to view their video and to post video. I found that annoying...
    Constant changes on Blogger annoys me and many other bloggers too.

    It does feel good to vent on a monday evening,

    My hugs may annoy some people but it's my trade mark and I'm keeping it.
    Hugs,
    JB






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    1. So sorry for all the typos. I'm in a rush and that annoys me.
      JB

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    2. Agree to all the points above JB

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  24. I've started noticing "the moment when..." but not so much that it peeves me. Yet. I have to admit that I used it just last week. But that was the first and only time...and to my defense, it really was a big moment.

    What annoys me is all those dessert recipes by people who the previous day "liked" the Paleo diet. Or those supposedly healthy cookies, cakes, whatever, with three ingredients that nobody has tried yet. Only once did I see a reply to one of those annoying posts that she tried this recipe and it was just awful. Now that made me laugh!

    You've got us all in a "venting" mood now. :-)

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  25. The "One does not simply..." meme is getting annoying because people don't know how to use it properly! LOL It's my biggest pet peeve these days. And, though I've used it before, I'm getting tired of the "I don't always....but when I do..." memes.

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  26. I never thought of this until you mentioned it but you are right. It is the fad of the moment. I don't get why people must complain about every little thing or tell me they have washed their hair...I don't care. I also can not "Like" something when it is a bad thing. It just seems downright wrong and stupid. If someone wrote "My mom died today" I would find it annoying that someone "Liked" it

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  27. I haven't noticed this, but it makes me sad when people post sad things. And I don't want to be sad.

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  28. I hadn't noticed. But then again, my Facebook feed is dominated by the one family member who lives on FB, and who I follow so I know what's happening. (I wouldn't know otherwise as I don't talk to my family otherwise.)

    I guess social media just generally annoys me.

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  29. I think the only thing that annoys me on Facebook is that half my friends use it to preach their moral views to the world. Do they think they're going to change anyone's mind like that?

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  30. I don't see much of it, but I often hide people's future posts from my feed.

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  31. This must be the new "once upon a time." I'm no longer on FB because I got tired of the memes and people oversharing. I'm tired of snarkiness on the internet. Many times it's not funny and makes the person dishing it look insecure and out to get others. I'm very careful about what I write on the internet, but others seem desperate to be funny or meaningful and go viral or something.

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  32. I haven't noticed it that much, probably because it's a younger person thing!

    I'm most annoyed by selfies, inspirational crap and prom pics!

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  33. Ha, I haven't been annoyed by that one, and I even use it sometimes myself, but I haven't seen it too overused. I'm sure if I was seeing all the posts in your group I would get annoyed too :)

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  34. I was on Facebook for a year, then quit.Since then, I've avoided social media, so I've never encountered "That moment when."

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  35. I find it funny and absurd when wifey wishing hubby "Happy Birthday" on FB when both are living under the same roof.

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  36. How? How could this possibly make me giggle so much?? LOL Even the title had me laughing! <3

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  37. LOL!! I have to admit that I haven't really noticed, but now that you've mentioned it, I'll be these posts will show up like crazy. Love this post! Hugs...

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  38. LOL!! I have to admit that I haven't really noticed, but now that you've mentioned it, I'll be these posts will show up like crazy. Love this post! Hugs...

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  39. I'm not sure I'd call it annoying but I really wish that people wouldn't post photos of abused animals. I know they are trying to bring attention to a good cause but I don't want to see such sad pictures.

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  40. so glad i don't facebook... :)

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