Practice Good Facebook Etiquette

Real Simple asked readers to share their biggest Facebook pet peeves. Here, get the results of this exclusive survey.

  • Kristin Appenbrink

What’s the Most Annoying Kind of Facebook Update?

24 percent: Intentionally vague posts meant to generate concern and attention, a.k.a. vaguebooking. “Jennifer wonders whether it’s all been worth it.”


20 percent: Chronic complaining. “Ugh, who ordered this RAIN? It’s making my carpal tunnel act up again.”


19 percent: Meaningless calls to action. “If you want to fight world hunger, put the color of your socks as your status update for the next half hour. I want to see who is brave enough to take a stand.”


14 percent: Oversharing. “Note to self: Next time, wear a thong with that wrap dress.”


13 percent: Miscellaneous posts—including polarizing religious or political statements, indecipherable txt spk, and game updates.


10 percent: Posting too frequently. “12:03: Chicken salad or tuna? 12:12: Chicken! Thanks for the responses.”

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