Candy Crush Invites & Other Facebook Annoyances

by Yesha Callahan

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For months I was so confused.

Throughout the day,  various people on my Facebook stream would post updates about being stuck on a “level” and how they’ve given up for the night and will finally quit for the day.  I had no clue what all of these people were talking about. Was it an occult? An initiation? What the hell were these levels everyone started to complain about.

Then I got my first Candy Crush Saga invite.

Then a…well you see where I’m going with this.

Yes, apparently it was an occult, and a rip off of Bejeweled Blitz.  Well maybe occult is too harsh of a word, but the requests were down right annoying. And yes, I Migueled everyone who was sending them to me. I thought I had smarter friends than ones who cried over not completing levels on a Facebook game. I try to live in a no judgment zone, but  first you want me to farm on a virtual farm, and now you want me to drop pieces of candy all day?

I’ll just add Candy Crush Saga to yet another Facebook annoyance.  Luckily I figured out a way to block the pesky application invites, and to many of my friend’s dismay.  When one friend realized she couldn’t invite me she texted, “Why won’t you play Candy Crush Saga?”.  Girl, bye. Was the only response fitting for such rubbish.

But Candy Crush Saga isn’t the only thing that has recently perturbed me on the book of faces.  Facebook seems to get more intrusive on a daily basis.

Have you  noticed that you’re now able to see that an inbox email was read? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just live not knowing if a message wasn’t read, than to know it was read and the receiving person doesn’t care enough to reply.
For example,  friend “A” emails me.  Sure, I read the message, but I was grocery shopping and didn’t have time to respond.

“A” then sends me a text, “Why didn’t you respond to my message. I can see you read it?”.

*crickets*

In the middle of picking out my seafood for the evening, you really think responding to a Facebook email is on the top of my priority list? Why are you stalking read emails? If a message is that important, why not pick up the phone and call?

These issues with Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg.  Hashtags, Graphsearch, Sponsored Posts, My mother’s bible verses written in all capital letters.  But how else would I be able to keep track of my friends that I don’t speak to on a daily basis?  I’d just like to do it without so much rigmarole and intrusiveness.

  • http://travelbykimm.wordpress.com travelbykimm

    Great article! I hate FB, but am forced to use it for career moves and to keep up with friends…but I have no clue why or how people get caught up in farms & candy crushes? I get tired of having to delete, delete, delete…but that is the nature of the FB beast!

  • Eva Wood

    I have not heard the word “rigmarole” in a long, long time! LOL

  • Karyn

    Sounds like my Ethics Professor right before she gave a 10 page assignment.

  • http://gravatar.com/addassamari addassamari

    I used to feel the same way and still feel that way about the farm, but I must confess I have a weakness for colourful swapping games. I never used to send requests, I would just wait for my life to refill then go play but there is something about smashing colourful pieces of pixels on the screen. I, however, draw the line at paying REAL money for fake coins – that is something I will never understand…er, I need life on Candy Crush Saga, I have been stuck for days :) Frankly, it is all just grand time wasters!

  • Hollywood

    Facebook Annoyances:

    –Religious posts and pictures
    –Status updates that complain about ‘females’
    –Posts about what one is going to eat or cook for dinner/lunch/breakfast
    –Posts about every little thing a child does
    –Status updates that chronicle the events of what is happening in a show
    –Picture posts showing what one is going to wear for the day
    –Status updates that are one, long run-on sentence

  • Nikki

    And those people who have nothing to say, but clutter up your timeline with 15 shares of “inspirational” or “relationship” quotes. UGH! I don’t care what you think a “real man” is or does, or about your damn feelings.

    And don’t get me started on those Facebook gangsters who start a post every other day about “all you haters on my page don’t get to me, I know I’m cute, if you’re reading this, then screw you.” Or the lovely and constant refrains about your trifling baby daddy or baby mama. I don’t care if he don’t want to see jr. I don’t need to know that. Just delete folks if they’re causing you that much trouble.

    Generally, folks need to stop using facebook as their online diary. Every thought you have doesn’t need to be posted.

  • ChaCha

    I generally dislike Facebook (There’s not enough time to list all of my dislikes) and quit, but I re-joined because I liked Candy Crush and I even pulled my husband in (a former complainer of all game requests). I only send requests to people who seem to play regularly.

  • ChaCha

    I really had to laugh because we ALL know those people. And I agree with your last sentence. Handle your life issues in real life.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    It’s amazing how this game has taken off.

  • Kristi

    I admit, I am a candy crush addict. I have become obsessed. Not to the point to paying money or anything like that, but I try to play every free moment I get. However, I do not bother ppl with invites to play or broadcast my level achievements on FB. I know how much it annoys me to have to clean out my inbox of game invites other people send me so I wouldn’t dare do it to my friends. I only send requests to those of my friends that I know also play it.

  • Kay

    I refuse to be a part of this candy crush madness. I used to have an addiction to bejeweled so this would be a step backwards for me. LOL. But it is irritating when I get half a dozen invites for this and other games though.

  • BeanBean

    How strange, I clicked on the article while playing Candy Crush. I’m not one of those annoying Candy Crush players, I never share my levels on my facebook page, and I only send requests when i need something, but only to people who I know play the game. I can’t stand getting a barrage of game invites. Coasterville, Farmville, ect, it’s too much.

  • http://travelbykimm.wordpress.com travelbykimm

    That’s funny! Well, I play bingo and words with friends, sudoku but I don’t have them linked to FB…lol, it’s something I do when waiting in an office or extremely bored at home…so I feel ya!

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