overrated list

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Humorous Bits
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I joined Facebook in 2008. Like most neophytes I found it pretty alluring. Reconnect with long lost friends! Play free games! Announce my “status” to the world! Discover which superhero I was just by answering a few questions! It was intoxicating, especially to a social media virgin. (Full disclosure: I briefly boarded the clunky My Space train years earlier, but quickly hopped off at the first exit. Who is Tom and why is he already my friend?)

As the newness luster dulled and the rose tint faded from my eyes it became clear what a time suck Facebook could be. Thus began a deliberate, if protracted, withdrawal. The amount of time I spent on the Zuckerberg monster started to drop and here we sit 3+ years later. Facebook is now simply another site which I visit occasionally, mostly to wish “Happy Birthday” to a friend, post photos, or provide links to my blog ramblings. Sometimes I’ll share other stuff I find interesting, but by and large my infatuation has scattered in the wind.

When I reflect on the path of my Facebook journey it occurrs to me how overrated I now consider the whole deal. I know what you’re thinking: 500,000,000 members can’t be wrong. But guess what. Simply because someone uses something doesn’t mean they think it’s all that and a pouch of gold nuggets. I know lots of folks who use Facebook far less than I do. I also know people who never joined and harbor no plans to do so in the near future, the lovely Ms. Trask among them. Still, 500,000,000 is a mighty big number. Even if 50% of those people aren’t all that infatuated with Facebook (and I believe the actual percentage of “The Disinterested” is lower) multitudes still love it. That qualifies it for “overrated” consideration.

This aspect is critical to understanding something’s potential to be overrated. Without a certain omnipresent adoration to begin with, how can it be overrated? You can’t say Detroit is overrated; most people don’t think too highly of it in the first place. The same goes for escargot or Mr. Bean. At least Facebook has a substantial number of rabid followers. And it is ridiculously omnipresent. Don’t misunderstand. Being overrated doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It means it’s tough to fathom how it can possibly be as good as the general consensus seems to believe. At least in your mind.

What else is overrated? What else is widely loved, but mysteriously thought of as being brilliant or amazing or awesome? Here are five things (including Facebook) which I find particularly overrated. They are presented in alphabetical order as not to weigh the overratedness of one against another.

– Facebook
– Fashion
– Jackson Pollock’s art
– Madonna
– Religion

I’m sure with deliberative thought I could come up with stuff I find even more overrated. But the holidays are here and time is short!

Let’s toss it back into your court. What about you? What five things are on your overrated list?

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  1. BrainRants says:

    Jeez, I don’t know. It’s hard to come up with even two when I live so far up my own ass that I breathe through my own mouth…

    Celebrities
    Whoever leads the polls for the GOP, and politicians in general
    Reality TV shows of any stripe
    The Mainstream Media, TV in general, and Hollywood
    bloggers who do nothing but bitch and moan to get laughs and have black and orange themed sites

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  2. Any and all “video” games
    Politics
    Fast food
    Celebrities
    Starbucks

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  3. Tom Cruise
    anorexic models
    Starbucks
    religion
    most bestsellers
    re Facebook etc: I have no doubt there will be people tweeting and F’booking and blogging all throughout this evening and all day tomorrow, while they are in church/opening presents/having family meals/whatever.

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  4. sparklebumps says:

    Kim Kardashian
    Megan Fox
    Taylor Swift
    Twilight (and the rest of the series)
    Walmart
    And on another note, I used to spend much time on Facebook too, and then I started a blog. 🙂

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  5. Television
    Internet
    Hot or Not
    Mitochondria
    Pickles
    Lists of 5 things

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  6. Overrated?
    HOLIDAYS! Bah friggin’ humbug
    Yes, Facebook, where I not only have a wall but an artist’s page – masochist!
    Flickr – I keep wondering what sense it makes, if any…
    iPods (only use mine for running to the beats of Podrunner)
    Luxury cars…

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  7. Angry Birds
    Football
    Hunting
    Jimmy Choo shoes
    Dancing with the Stars

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  8. whiteladyinthehood says:

    I was pretty gung-ho about FB at first..but now it’s just “okay” to me…I totally agree.

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  9. Oh, geez, must I limit it to five?

    ~”Classes” for babies/tots
    ~Smart phones
    ~Fame, wealth, power & health
    ~Punctuality
    ~Television (all of it)

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  10. Facebook
    Sushi
    James Cameron’s movies
    Religion
    Fox News

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