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Annoying Facebook Statuses That Might Get You Hidden or Unfriended

Updated on March 13, 2016

Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family members across the world. I’ve found many of my old friends and it’s great to see how they are and what they’ve been up to. But there is a downside to the social networking giant. Too many people share things that should be considered private or are otherwise annoying.

Are you guilty of any of these types of posts? Do you post these often? Statistics show that 84% of Facebook users are annoyed by friends’ postings. You might even have your posts hidden and you won’t even know it. I’ve had to "unsubscribe" from some of my “friends” because I got tired of seeing their drivel cluttering up my wall, or their profanity-laced rants. I wish more people would use the Lists feature to send these mundane or annoying updates to particular friends who want to see them.

Here are some statuses that might cause you to be hidden or unfriended:

1) Posting Your Every Move

While you might think it’s interesting that you’re getting ready to head to the grocery store, or you’re about to give little Johnny a bath, or you’re having your fourth cup of coffee of the day, no one else really cares. Everyone has lives of their own filled with everyday occurrences; they don’t want to read about all of yours. It’s a status update, not a diary.

2) Too Many Posts

Everything you post goes to all of your friends' walls unless you have them sorted into lists. Please don't make them scroll all the way down their page and then have to click on "more stories" to find something that they may want to read about from Cousin Susie. There is no need to fill up their walls with 20 posts a day. This isn't Twitter. Five or six posts a day, max. Anything more is too much, and in my book, gets you hidden. Even that might be too much if all they are are mundane activities, quotes, complaints, or overly religious posts. Instead of spending that time posting 20 times a day, go partake in a hobby.

3) TMI

TMI stands for "Too Much Information". There are some things that just should not be on Facebook . Ever. For example, anything that deals with bodily functions, private health matters, or alcohol consumption. It’s the same with relationship issues. If your boyfriend ticks you off, there is no need to tell everyone on Facebook about it. That's just disrespectful, and besides, no one wants to read your drama. Please keep it offline and between the two of you.


4) Vague Posts Looking for Attention

These are posts like “Ugh, I can’t believe it!” or “So excited!” or “I’m so tired of the crap!” Well, I’m so tired of their crap. I’m not taking the bait. All they want is attention and for their friends to ask them what’s wrong (or what's making them want to put a smiley face as their status). If you have something to say, just say it. If you don’t want to talk about it, leave it off Facebook.

5) Too Many Religious/Political Posts

Remember what Linus said? "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." The Great Pumpkin is fine, but the other two, no. If I wanted to be preached to, I'd go to church. There is a wide variety in religious beliefs and political views, please don't shove yours down everyone's throats. If it's something you wouldn't discuss at an office party, please leave it off Facebook.

6) Constant Game Requests

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I don't want to play games on Facebook, so please stop asking me to join your Mafia, or give you seeds for your farm, or whatever the request is for. If I didn't accept your request the first two times, I never will.

7) "Mom" Posts

It gets annoying when every post is about something their child does, whether it's about their sleeping/eating/bathroom habits or something cute they did. We don't need to know everything they do (see #1, #2, and #3 above). Babies are known for keeping you up at night, pooping, spitting up, etc. It's nothing new. I'm sure when those kids are old enough to find those posts or embarrassing photos on the Internet, they won't be very happy with mom. Yes, I am a proud mother of a now teenage girl, but we like our privacy.


8) GetGlue/Spotify/Foursquare Updates

Honestly, I don't care what someone is watching or listening to, and I don't need to stalk you, so I don't care where you are... but maybe someone out there will be happy to know you're house is empty because your family is enjoying the day at Six Flags.

9) You Hate Your Job

It’s simple, if you keep complaining about your job on Facebook, you might find yourself without one pretty soon. Be happy you have one.

10) Oh, Woe is Me

These are more attention-seeking posts, but if you're always posting about how you're sad or down in the dumps or are feeling ignored, Facebook is not going to help you. Please go talk to your health professional.

11) Bragging

I know a lot of people only want to share the good that's going on in their life and not the bad. But when someone hardly ever posts anything except to brag about something, it's annoying. Posts like, "I know I don't post very often, but check it out, I got the new (insert latest popular expensive high-tech gadget here)!" or "Getting ready to travel around the world!" as if everyone should be jealous of them or something. Get over yourself.

Not to mention, the whole vacation announcement thing is just unsafe. There is a rising trend of home robberies after people have posted their vacation plans. Just because you think you have your profile tightly secure, your friends might not. If you have your full name posted, or even your full birthday, and your city is listed, anyone can search a few records and find out your address. You might come home to find that new high-tech gadget and many other of your belongings stolen. The best idea is to wait until you get home to talk about your vacation and post your pics (and please don't post all of them. Just pick a few good ones to share. I doubt anyone really wants to look at 100 photos. I can't even look at 100 of anyone's vacation photos in the offline world without tuning out).

Are there anymore statuses that drive you insane? Please share them!


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    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Selfie madness makes me crazy also. How many photos do we need to see of you standing in the bathroom taking a photo of yourself in the mirror? How many photos do we need to see of you having your morning coffee or happy hour goings on? I just had to comment a second time. I only go on FB once in awhile now.

    • profile image 9 months ago

      I agree with you. Great post !

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      Lybrah 3 years ago

      I hate when people take hundreds of selfies and constantly change their profile picture. It's so vain and narcissistic.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Boy, I was saying uh huh all the way through your list. One of the pet peeves of mine is when someone posts something about a cause or issue that they feel strongly about and try to shame and manipulate you to repost. They say "Like or share this if you care. I know some of you won't, and you know who you are..." No matter how much I agree I refuse to post such things. I was getting so many of these a few months ago I posted about this.

      I don't mind political and religious posts as long as they are not mean spirited. Political links are often informing. But if they are making vicious nasty remarks all the live long day and getting into arguments they get unfriended. That goes for conspiracy theorists, and drama queens. I have a family member who always informs us when the family is vomiting and other bodily functions. Another one who posts photos of her children 17 times a day. Too much. Moderation.

      I m getting a bit bored with it. Especially on football game days where everyone gives play by play.

      Great hub.

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      Pritchard 5 years ago

      Love it. With this election year my wall is filled with political posts from both sides. Some of it downright mean and nasty. I've had to hide and unfriend a few.

      Sharing this on my wall. Thanks for writing this hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Richard J ONeill 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Brilliant topic ya got here Stacey!

      You are spot on with those status reports above.

      Being a person who very rarely posts status updates I do marvel at the amount of attention seeking posts I see each and everyday. It's incredible and if you ask me is creating a mental problem with some people.

      Just imagine. For that huge group of facebook reliants, what would happen if Facebook suddenly disappeared overnight? It's a scary thought!

      I have to say my pet-hate is attention seekers broadcasting their lives on facebook as well as the bait-takers who seem to arrive in droves! It's incredible to behold. Talk about - I scratch your back you scratch mine!

      I also don't like how some people have facebook personalities that are completely different from their actual personality. Truly astounding.

      Oh well. Let's just all be happy anyway! :)

      Nice to know another HSP. By the way, do you know any good HSP forums? I'd love to join another one as I used to be a part of one but it stopped running.


      Peace. Richie

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      staceyh 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for reading! I can barely go to Facebook now without rolling my eyes.

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

      I agree:) Well said!

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      Heather Rode 5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      These are rampant on all of the nooks and crannies of my Facebook. I feel like this article was written just for me-- which makes it truly fantastic. So kudos. I can stand the bragging and mom posts... The others drive me nuts... BUT it's the woe is me complainers that drive me up the wall. They only post the negative and have to swear and over punctuate to get their point across. Well they don't have to because I actually hear them loud and clear. They think they're the only person in the whole world that *that* has happened to. They receive no compassion from Heather Says because Heather Says nothing. I'd love to delete them and be free of the negativity but the drama and despair help to remind me how sane I am-- sometimes 10 times a day ;)

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      RichardPac 5 years ago from Sunny Florida!

      It;s true that the woe is me, is very annoying. I agree with you, many of these behaviors will be a straight shot at being unfriended :)

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      staceyh 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for writing, Bosk! Oh yes, those passive-aggressive posts, very annoying.

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      Bosk 5 years ago from Sweden

      I hate people that write vague posts looking for attention, and sometimes just wanting too imply something about someone. But no they don't dare to confront that person directly and must instead write annoying crap.