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Guilty Pleasures of Social Networking

Henry Elliss
Henry Elliss
Managing Director
13 November 2007

by Henry Elliss

I’m compiling a list of guilty pleasures we all secretly have when social networking – if I have missed any of your favourites, let me know and I’ll update the list.

  • Seeing your friends announce an exciting holiday to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, then looking at their photos after and finding out the weather was terrible for most of the week.
  • Finding out that all the beautiful people who were way out of your league in school are now average-looking, or better still, darn right plain.
  • Adjusting your friend news feed setting for "relationship status" so that you can find out who has broken up / got together.
  • Watching people’s status updates and realising that you’re not the only person who is staying in on a Saturday night to watch [insert trashy TV talent show here]
  • Finally discovering what everyone thought they knew anyway – that camp guy from school was actually gay, even if he didn’t realise it at the time.
  • Denying friend requests from people you never really liked anyway, and hoping they don’t notice.
  • Finding out that the ravages of time have not been kind to your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, or better still, they’re still single.
  • Finding out that the people who teased/bullied you in school now work for rubbish companies and still live at home with mum and dad.
  • Finding out that the most unlikely couples have now got engaged/married.
  • Comparing the number of friends you’ve got with work colleagues.
  • Immediately checking out somebody’s profile after you’ve met them, then judging them based on what you find out.
  • Tagging people in photos that you just KNOW they’re not going to approve, just so that their friends can see the photos for the few hours before they log in and notice.
  • Finding out that other people’s musical tastes are just as bad (sorry, eclectic) as yours.


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