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Our next question is the 2012 equivalent of someone giving you a series of fridge magnets with crappy adages on them. Martin on the Isle of Man asks:
How do you deter a Facebook friend from incessantly posting links to images with trite advice on how to live your life? For example:
Granted, this is trivial compared to other issues in my life, like my broken tibia and fibula. I think it is the constant drip, drip effect of reading a dozen such items of tosh every day that is maddening.
The main offender is actually a very nice person, and a dear and old friend, so I don’t want to upset them, and certainly wouldn’t consider ‘unfriending’ them.
It’s very Rear Window 2.0: like Jimmy Stewart, you’re quite irritable being stuck at home bored with broken bones, and you have this puzzle to solve without being able to do much about it yourself. Have you got a Grace Kelly handy to sort it for you?
If not, what you could do is customise your Facebook privacy settings so that only certain groups of your friends can post on your wall. If this still seems too harsh, suggest to this friend that they might enjoy Pinterest. They’ll immediately fall down a glorious wormhole repinning this sort of shit, and won’t have time to encumber your Facebook profile any more. Hurrah!