Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#155 Sharing a Facebook account

 Not all Christian couples share a Facebook account but the people who do tend to be Christians. The reason for this is unclear. Actually, both are unclear: why someone would share a Facebook account, and why Christians do it the most.

People who have shared Facebook accounts tend to forget we can't tell who's updating. Jeremy-N-Wendy just updated their status, but which one is it, Jeremy or Wendy? Guessing is required. When their status is something like "Jonathan&Sarah is counting down the hours left in the Obama administration" that could well be either Jonathan or Sarah. It's easier when a gender-specific activity is mentioned. Stati* like "ToddAndMelissa The 'Hawks really cleaned up in the draft" and "Josh&Heather is harvesting my peas on Farmville!!!!" require zero guessing as to which spouse made that update.**

Sharing an email address is another prevalent internet trend in Christian culture. This will also be explored in a future post and it will also have no satisfying conclusion.

* That's Vulcan for "statuses"

**In Christian culture it's unlikely the wife would be playing fantasy sports or that the husband would confess to playing Farmville. Outside of Christian culture you may need to wonder, but within it, gender roles are pretty pervasive.


Anonymous said...

Hilarious. And so true. I have a couple of shared FB friends, one (or is that two?) are not only Christians but missionaries, which probably makes sense in that SCCL way. It always annoys me a bit when they (he? she?) posts and I never "like" or comment on their page. You know, just to show them.

Anonymous said...

Theory: they do it so they never have to wonder whether or not their spouses are hooking up with other potential affairs on fb. It's a safeguard against cheating (or at least against flirting).

Swaaaaa said...

Pretty sure it has to do with the whole "we are now one, two halves of a whole" thing. I really hate when people do this.