Proper Facebook Etiquette

#1044 Aversion therapy

Tuesday 25th August, 2009

Dear Mariann,

What to do? My housemate insists on long and devoted sessions on Facebook while we watch television. He is getting obsessed! It is particularly bad when he brings the laptop to the dinner table and laughs to himself about what he’s doing on there. This is really off-putting. Especially as he refuses to acknowledge our existence and any attempts to communicate with him are met with a wave of the hand.

I’m recommending aversion therapy. Every time he logs in to Facebook wail like a banshee – for inspiration as to how this should sound, put on Michael Bolten and sing along (X-Factor may also work).

Is anyone in the house an electrician? If so, wire up a little experimentation device that provides an electric shock every time he goes near a computer/mobile phone etc. If he requires such technology for work be prepared that he may sue for emotional trauma and loss of earnings.

If the above tactics prove ineffective, substitute both for continuous Wall Posts to his Profile Page and make sure these are as unflattering and attention seeking as you can devise.

Finally, keep within reach a packet of Rolo’s as a reward should he ever log out, just to remind him what he is missing. (chocolate) Carrot and stick all the way…

4 Responses to “#1044 Aversion therapy”

  1. MichaelBolten says:

    Michael Bolten is the BEST

  2. Dr Mariann Hardey says:

    @ Pete,

    already have a top ten etiquette tips published here!

    But these are in need of a repost. Wait, and I shall post a new Top Ten soon…

  3. Pete says:

    Why don't you do a top ten tips for FB etiquette and put them on the front of a Web page? Would be nice to quick checks and could link to parts of the blog. Or have you published a guide – could not find you on Amazon but then may be you publish under a different name?

  4. Anonymous says:

    LOL just what my husband does but we poke from across the room :)

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