You think email forwards are so 1998? Think again.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who constantly send email forwards and those who are annoyed by them. Of course these days, email forwards have morphed themselves into a more relevant version- by showing up as the offender’s status update on Facebook and/or Twitter.
It’s hard to be cynical about status updates that tell you to repost if you know someone who has had some kind of sickness or disease. There’s nothing funny about that. Then they are the ones telling you to repost if you believe in God, are a Christian and proud of it, etc. Next are the ones telling you to repost if you support the military. Then it starts getting really generic… repost if you have a family member (like a brother or mom or cousin). Or if you’re proud to be from the South. Or if you realize that it’s okay not to like President Obama anymore and you want him out of office. If all else fails, make your status update a forward about gas prices- because man, that’s truly original.
I guess the question is, at what point in the downward spiral of all-encompassing status update forwards is it okay to be annoyed by seeing them? I can’t be annoyed about finding a cure for anything; that’s a given. We all want to find a cure for all diseases in the world as we have all been affected by the loss of someone close to us. So I’m okay with that one. And I guess I’m not supposed to be annoyed about the “proud to be a Christian” ones, because I’m not ashamed to be a Christian- but I would be ashamed to post “I’m proud to be a Christian and if you are too then you should repost this” as my status simply because I’m the kind of person who is annoyed by email forwards: I’m ashamed of forwards, not my beliefs- whether they’re religious, political, or whatever.
But I think it’s okay to be annoyed by the ones about having a cousin. And the political ones. And definitely the ones about gas prices.
To do my part, I am sharing my current Facebook status update with everyone:
- Please copy and paste this as your status if you know someone, or have heard of someone who knows someone. If you don’t know anyone, or even if you’ve heard of anyone who doesn’t know anyone, then do still copy this. It’s important to spread the message, even if no one knows anything about anyone. Oh, and the hearts. ♥ ♥ ♥ For goodness sake, don’t forget the hearts. ♥ ♥