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Feeling like you don’t fit in? Look no further than Facebook.

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The rise of social media has allowed even those with the strangest interests and theories, a place to feel like they belong. In high school, there are certain cliques that allow us to identify ourselves; jocks, nerds, preps, skaters, druggies, band geeks, the list goes on. Now with Facebook, there really are an infinite amount of groups and pages that you can join or like in order to find others you can connect with. There is also always the option of creating your own group in hopes of finding others that feel the same way. Moral of the story? If you are ever walking home, and feel as if you’re the ONLY one who gets hit by those hippos that just drop from the sky, not to worry, apparently there are 8.876 others who can relate.

Here are a few others that may hit home for you.

Mmm, yes, I see how this could cause anxiety.

What is a nice walk on a cool October day without destroying all the crunchy leaves?

Even the sight of Inbox (1) causes me to sweat. The possibilities of it’s contents are endless.

I think I’ve seen a CSI: Miami episode on this.

Okay friends, sarcasm set aside, I actually can identify with this group as I woke up one July morning to a squirrel that had snuck into my bedroom from an attic door in my closet. Perhaps I’ll save this story for another post..

What Not to Post – Inappropriate references to the Holocaust

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As a Jewish person, I am extremely sensitive to those that inappropriately reference the holocaust. I stumbled across this vulgar young man doing just that on Facebook and I had to share.
Jeffrey “likes” Christian– Nothing wrong with that. Jeffrey breaks up with his girlfriend after a lovely day at the mall. Jeffrey takes out his anger on Facebook relating his bad day to a Jewish person during the holocaust. Jeffrey gets back together with his girlfriend and is soon back at the mall. Let’s compare Jeffrey to a Jew during the Holocaust. The Jews were the main victims of the Holocaust because they were hated the most by the Nazis because Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I. Their triangle was yellow, and it had a “P” on it. Many people who were Jewish but never considered themselves to be a Jew (they considered themselves Germans) suddenly became a target of the Nazis. German Jews weren’t allowed to go to theaters, swimming pools, and resorts. Jews had to carry identification cards around with them, and they always had to wear a Star of David badge everywhere they went.

There was a time called Kristallnacht, when the Nazis burned down synagogues, places where the Jews practiced their religion, and they destroyed Jewish businesses and homes. Jewish children were not allowed to go to school anymore. The Jews had curfews for how late they could be out, and then they weren’t allowed in public places. Finally, Germany started kicking them out of the country. The next step for the Nazis was to send the Jews to concentration and death camps. About six million Jews died for one simple reason: they were Jewish. At these camps, the treatment was extremely harsh and cruel. Every person there was either sick, starving, dying, or a slave laborer. They would die in many types of ways, like starvation, sickness, a machine gun, or overworking your body. Some people were even told that they were going to take a shower, but they were killed. They were tricked, and they actually went into a gas chamber. They died at all different ages, but the Nazis didn’t care

Here is Jeffrey:

It doesn’t look like there is any starvation going on there…

Snowy Passover Status

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Holidays and weather – Facebook’s most popular status updates…it just so happens that it snowed today in Chicago (odd for late April) and it’s Passover. That means the majority of status updates were about warm brisket or cold snow.
Well, I better put on my snow suit and head over to my family’s Seder…Happy Passover!

What Not to Post: Road Rage Status Updates

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 There are few things more terrifying than driving behind a swerving driver on a major highway at 5:30 p.m., only to pass them and see them texting on their phone. I usually pass this oblivious person and hope the best for them and the surrounding drivers.  There are others, however, who feel the need to update their status or tweet about how idiotic these texting drivers are. Is it just me or does this seem a bit hypocritical?

Apparently it’s hard for this person to realize that tweeting and Facebooking about a bad driver, while driving, is just as stupid.  Keep your eyes on the road and save the tweeting for the when you get home… or when you get to the red light.

Growing Old With Facebook

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Recently I noticed that my Facebook “photos” tab has been posting my friends’ old photo albums. I am not sure whether it’s a Facebook malfunction for my personal account or if it is also happening to other accounts (feel free to comment if this is happening to you too!) but, as I skimmed through some of these albums last updated in 2006, it made me realize how much we change the content we upload to our social media sites as we get older.  I was able to sign up for Facebook when I was only a senior in high school. This allowed me to post things such as…what college I got into…photos of my graduation ceremony… or who’s basement we could hang out in that weekend. Fast forward to freshmen year in college.  I was probably updating my Facebook status about 3 times a day, writing on the walls of people in my dorm who lived 10 feet down the hall from me, and uploading photo albums of my weekend festivities every Sunday.

Years  later, I am out of college. I rarely update my status, I struggle to take enough pictures that would be an appropriate number to even make a Facebook album, and my friends only write on my wall when they are bored at work.  I still use Facebook just as much as I once did, or more with the simplicity of the Facebook iPhone application, but I am more aware of the content I allow hundreds of people to view.

This young woman is clearly not concerned with the fact that companies are now scouting out the social media sites of potential employees.

Prozac for Facebook

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Apparently, preliminary studies have shown that Facebook can cause or rather exacerbate feelings of depression in those prone to the disease. According to the Associated Press, teenagers lacking self-esteem often feel as if they cannot match up to social standards set by Facebook friends, creating low self-confidence and even depression. Facebook is like looking into the lives of your friends through rose-colored glasses.

A picture of a happy couple does not have the caption underneath it, “We fight all the time.”

Status updates are generally positive and many times those updates are highlighting a life change, a major accomplishment or an upcoming self-serving event all for the sake of eliciting praise from friends.

Pictures are posted of people on vacation looking happy and frolicking on the beach in the sun without reference to the horrible sunburn they got during the trip.

Status updates are exaggerated and sometimes outright lies – For instance: “Partying tonight” is posted when in actuality you’re sitting at home alone eating cookie dough by the pound and watching reruns.

…I wouldn’t be surprised if Mark Zuckerberg was taking kickbacks from the major pharmaceutical companies…

Documenting your Pregnancy

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Recently, I was browsing Facebook photo albums and came across a young woman’s album that caught me off guard. Now…I know it’s the 21st century, and social media is used for the purpose of staying connecting with others.  With that being said, the only way I could think to describe this picture to you without sounding offensive and unprofessional would be  “a distasteful documentation of  one’s pregnancy growth”  I also wanted to make a note that the album is titled “Jacqual Lamar Cashmoney Howard” which will be her baby’s name. Yes… that is correct… the middle name is Cashmoney.


I apologize in advance to any offended mommies-to-be that have taken this route in keeping your friends and family posted on your pregnancy.

Maybe these were the looks she was going for.