What is your Facebook personality?

Thanks to Facebook, there's every opportunity to gossip about (or comment online about) your friends most controversial personal situations, their most exciting life events and also their most mundane. Reading through News Feed allows you to see another side to your friends thoughts, personality and private life. One click and you've added someone you once met as a friend. Now, every day for as long as you have your Facebook profile, you have a window into their life.

This may or may not be a good thing, for you cannot judge a book by it's cover. You'll find that one person who always seems to have a happy face in the real world fills your News Feed with whinging and complaining; and the person you've always admired because they seemed to have an exciting life, updates their status every five minutes to tell the world they are brushing their teeth, cleaning the car, cleaning their shoes. All of a sudden they don't seem exciting any more.

So, have you ever thought about what your Facebook personality is? What impression you give your Facebook friends by what you write in your status updates? You may think you're just being yourself, but not everybody knows all about you; some will see you mainly from what you write in your status updates because they are not regularly part of your life in the real world (Or outside of your work environment).

Before you take an objective look at your status updates on the Wall of your profile page here are some Facebook personality types I've discovered amongst my own friends which you can share and compare, or even just laugh about!

  • "STALK ME!" PERSONALITY

This is the friend who has just checked in to their local grocery store, the train station, their grandmothers house and McDonald's - All in one day. It's like they're asking for someone to follow them everywhere they go. They will also tag whoever they are with at each destination, so you can all be found wherever you go with this friend, if someone ever wanted to find you...

  • "SAD CASE" PERSONALITY

It seems like every time you view your News Feed this one friend has something bad to say about their life. Usually their love life, the price of petrol and something that's wrong with where they live (If you're sad use a tissue not your Facebook status!).

  • "EVERYTHING I DO SHOULD INTEREST YOU!" PERSONALITY

This is the friend who feels the need to tell you what time they woke up, what they ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert etc. They will also take photos of some of these 'events' and maybe even let you know they've checked in to their own bed. Their status updates get so boring you regret adding them as a friend and consider hiding their status updates from your News Feed.

  • "I BIGHT!" PERSONALITY

This is the 'loose cannon' on your friends list. Most likely to go out of their way to upload embarrassing photos of you, even from your childhood and tag you just to humiliate you. They will also use their status updates to address perceived gossip about their life, and will make controversial comments on their Facebook friends status. Possible self esteem issues!

  • "ATTENTION SEEKER" PERSONALITY

Will write cryptic status updates with the intention to attract attention to their mysterious problems. Will not name people or situations as wants you to comment on their status to ask "What's wrong" etc. May also take posed photos of themselves. Usually has over 500 Facebook friends. (No-one needs to take photos of themselves for Facebook when they have over 500 friends!).

  • "LURKER" PERSONALITY

Has rarely, if ever, updated their status, but will comment on the status of others regularly. Saves ex boyfriends or girlfriends as a Favourite on their home computer and regularly visits their profiles, but does not add them as a Facebook friend. May or may not have a photo of their self on their profile (Could use a photo of an animal or a cartoon instead). Happy to know your business but doesn't really want you to know about theirs.

  • "MIDLIFE CRISIS" PERSONALITY

You notice this friend is adding Facebook friends who attended the same school as them. They are not necessarily anyone this friend spoke to at school. They will also add your friends and family as friends even if they have only met them once. It's like they are trying to reconnect with their long lost past. Probably doesn't get out much.

  • "JUST LOOK AT ME" PERSONALITY

This friend is either barely clothed or barely sober in any of their profile photos. Girls will upload photos regularly showing off their cleavage, and guys will upload shirtless photos. Always up to something fun or mischievous. Will give you a laugh every now and then.

  • "ON HOLIDAY" PERSONALITY

This friend seems to have the exciting life, always off travelling somewhere new, or making plans to do so, or uploading holiday photos. Or maybe they just take a camera with them everywhere they go!

  • "SO LOVED UP" PERSONALITY

All of this friends status updates revolve around their happy love life. Be envious.

  • "VENTING" PERSONALITY

This friends status make them seem like a bored housewife! Their updates are usually about whether or not they should do housework, the dinner menu, what the husband won't do around the house and the "annoying" kids. Who's interested in hearing that?

So maybe you were having a bad day yesterday and the day before and the day before that too, but maybe it's not necessary to fill all of your friends News Feed with the dreaded details, which are of no benefit to them. In any case, Facebook is meant to be a fun way to keep in touch with others and it's good idea to regularly have an objective look at what information you decide to share with others and consider what impression they may have of you when they are reading their own News Feeds.

Author: StricktlyDating.


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia Author

Haha! I can relate!


Miranda 4 years ago

Stalk Me! and Mid-Life Crises sounds a bit like my mom. Attention Seeker- my cousin: Lurker- a friend: Look at me!- cousin: stalk me- best friend. I know just about all of these FB personalities:) (No offense anyone)


asif 4 years ago

Thanks for keeping it ..........................


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia Author

Haha, That's great I'm glad you could relate!


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Zabbella 4 years ago from NJ-USA

You touched base on so many things! Goodness, You are so right about those who will write about when they brushed their teeth (etc), and yes the person who,I thought had it all, turned out to be a whiny type. So true and Kinda sad, in a way. Great Hub!


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for leaving feedback, I enjoy reading it!


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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

Good hub about Facebook, the craze of today's youngsters.


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I_Lurk_ThoseCells 4 years ago

Have a few from each category, but I was never bother to analyse them too much. It's funny to read about it.


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia Author

Me too :)


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fitnesszone 4 years ago from New York

Haha, interesting. I know many who fall under "ATTENTION SEEKER" PERSONALITY


AMad AHmad 4 years ago

Facebook is Facebook.................lol


AMad AHmad ARyan 4 years ago

Facebook is Facebook.................lol


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia Author

That's awesome to hear Sytlezink! Thanks!

I appreciate your comment too Kommoon!


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Kommoon 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

that's so true ^^ great hub, love it and what's your Facebook?? :DDDD


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stylezink 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

I love this hub!! I was dying laughing reading it! I know these type of people they are on my friend list! I can say I've been guilty of being a few of these personalities at one time or another.

Great Hub stricktly! Liking on Facebook and voted up! I think some of my friends would get a kick out of your hub.


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Reeltaulk, Great to hear from you and I appreciate you taking the time to comment on this topic. I totally agree with you that it seems like Facebook is "One big washing machine".


reeltaulk 5 years ago

In regards to what cheeky girl said facebook unlike so many other ways we interact in real life brings out the person (most of the time) entirely because they are sharing with EVERYONE on so many levels, whether it is true or not. Every now and again you will experience something or many things about one of your "friends" that wil rub you the wrong way, it doesn't get any different from real life if you don't like "it or them" unfriend them. It's really that simple I think I have deleted about 100 people in the last week. If what you say doesn't interest me or rubs me the wrong way I have to delete you. Facebook allows a lot of people to get out of hand. Some people are more brazen on facebook than they are in real life. You get to see people pretend to be so many things that they are not and as an adult I feel to entertain that it's just silly and senseless. If the majority of people were mature and knew about interacting and basically being down to earth and having great camaraderie maybe facebook would serve a purpose. But it's just one big washing machine and you really have to separate your colors accordingly! #CiaO


reeltaulk 5 years ago

Lol You've said it in a nutshell Stricktly!!! This is so on point need I say more.......lol Yes I'm on facebook and my excuse is, it's a good pass time. Initially I used it to communicate, but unfortunately I don't feel that safe communicating and speaking to people via facebook.@moncrief OMG the religious scriptures Yes!!! I mean like is there anything you have experienced that you can talk about instead of quoting scriptures like that's the only thing that goes down in your life geeeesh


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for keeping it real Cheeky Girl. It's interesting that you said "Same rules of life apply there just like real life". It just prompted me to think of another type of Facebook Personality some of my Facebook Friends have. They will sometimes type in sentences which are absolutely nothing like the way they speak in real life, also using 'internet' language which isn't used in real life, words like "Pfft" etc. It's like they have this completely different online persona. Mind boggling! Thanks for your comment, always lovely to hear from you :)


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I am on Facebook, and I can handle it no problem. I have met most of the "types" you mentioned here. LOL! That is so funny. But why should Facebook be any different from the kids of folks we meet in life or in Hubs forums for example?

No social network will be ever 100% perfect. If we look for perfection, we are just setting ourselves up for disappointment. Anyone can find me on Facebook and I'm happy to have them as friends as long as they are decent.

Same rules of life apply there just like real life. LOL! (Crosses my fingers!) Great Hub! :)


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub Interest Topic. Thankyou kindly for commenting!


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Ahhh maxravi, you're addicted! I think I'm more addicted to HubPages! Thanks for your comment.


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interest topic 5 years ago from Firestone Park, Los Angeles, California

Thanks for your good post. You give me an idea about my facebook personality. You know, this week I was very busy enough that I couldn't visit my facebook account. Now, I will visit it just to have some fun on it. thanks again.


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maxravi 5 years ago from India

Great hub.if i talk about myself, I am addicted to facebook.and i belong to "EVERYTHING I DO SHOULD INTEREST YOU!" PERSONALITY.


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Oh dear - the arrival at the restroom! I agree with you about the music vid posts too. Happy Sunday and thanks for your comment!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Yeah stricktlydating, when they announce an arrival at the restroom, that's one more step too far. Also the interminable music vid posts that hardly anyone watches. Loved your FB personality types--spot on!


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Shanaya! Thankyou :) It's lovely to hear from you again.


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shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

Dear Ma'am! I totally agree with you. Great HUB i must say. KEEP HUBBING.:)

VOTED UP, AWESOME, INTERESTING:)

With lots of LOVE & RESPECT

From SHANAYA:)


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi vijendrasinha, thanks for an intersting comment. I can think of much more fun ways to pass time though ;)


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vijendrasinha 5 years ago from Hyderabad

Hi

very interesting hub about facebook . But I tell you these websites are considering and cashing on the basic point which we don't think about much . The point is that the general public likes to pass the time and the site which is actually bounding us in passing the time is cashing more money . This can be a good idea for us all .


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Bob, that's a really good point. Thanks!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

I am on Face but hate it. I am a curmudgeon and it shows I'm sure. I have got nothing from this site. All these pseudo "friends." You are lucky to get 3 good and lasting friends in your whole life.

Humbug! (good hub) Bob


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for your comments kd4rvb, acaetnna and Lauryallan. I'd probably fall into the "Over Facebook" or "Passive Follower" category too! Or maybe I just don't have the right Facebook friends ;)


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Lauryallan 5 years ago

lol I like your Hub and you remind me again why I dislike Facebook. I'm not on this list but I would probably fall into the category of over Facebook. I have seen most of the personalities you've described above. I just think a lot of people aren't aware of how they are coming across on Facebook.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Great, interesting hub.


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kd4rvb 5 years ago from Titusville, FL

Great hub, I have a facebook account I peek at every few days or so. I don't read a lot of status updates and my friends all invited me. Guess I am a Passive Follower if I need to be in a category. Great observations!


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for your comment Moncrieff. I don't like those status which say "Let's see how many real friends I have" either. I appreciate you adding to this topic!


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moncrieff 5 years ago from New York, NY

Great hub!!! I love it. Yes, those who go out to eat and and update their profile with pictures of their dessert cakes or margaritas... I liked the "Attention seeker" category, ha ha, so true. "We should have never met. I turn my back to the wind now." "OH no, not this again" WTF, right? What's wrong, darling?

I think you can add two other categories: People who constantly link to YouTube videos, turnning FB into an 80s MTV. And those who cite religious excerpts and inspirational quotations, which eventually start to look the same; they also like to share posts of motivational nature or about some good cause, usually ending with "If you truly care, like it and share it. Let's see how many real friends I have".

Hm... it's hard to see who I am in this motley assembly. I only update if I'm in the mood. There could be a week without an update, or there could be three within one day. Voted up!

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