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Practice Good Facebook Etiquette

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

By Kristin Appenbrink
Illustration of pie chart of percentages of annoying online habitsGraham Roumieu

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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