Why Do Girls Post Stupid Quotes On Facebook?

image - Flickr / Kenneth
image – Flickr / Kenneth

Actual post on Facebook:

Last quote post promise but we all need a little reminder now and then:

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”

I wanted to reply “YES IT DOES, YOU STUPID BITCH. STOP SPREADING YOUR FILTHY LIES ON THE INTERNET.” But I didn’t because I’m afraid she’ll unfriend* me, and I don’t want that to happen because she’s exceptionally attractive and I’d like to have as many exceptionally attractive acquaintances listed as my “friends” on Facebook as possible.

The above paragraph? That was me being brutally honest, and I know it’s slightly pathetic behavior so spare me your comments on that score. But I digress. That quote is bullshit because it fails to account for the fact that a large part of our individual value is derived from the perceptions of other people.

For example, money is valuable. If a hiring manager has a negative perception of an individual during a job interview, that individual will not be able to get a job that pays money. Therefore that individual is less valuable than the individual who has a money generating job, all other things being equal. Q.E.D: That quote is bullshit.

Let’s not pretend that the above Facebook post is an isolated occurrence. I see all sorts of inane feel good bullshit being posted on social media. And, by and large, it comes from girls. Why is this the case?

At first, I thought it was the DUFF (designated unattractive fat friend) effect at work. “You’re beautiful just the way you are, Christina. That guy is just an asshole who doesn’t see you for you.” If there’s one thing that insecure hot girls hate, it’s competition. So why not try and mislead your less hot friends in an effort to keep them from becoming more attractive, which devalues your own competitive advantage?

But I’m pretty sure that’s not it. Then I thought it was because if there’s another thing that insecure hot girls want, it’s for other people to perceive them in a more positive manner. And this is where I’m at a crossroads, because I’m not quite sure if that’s true or not. I wouldn’t post “GOD HATES FAGS AND/OR NIGGERS” on Facebook if I wanted to get people to like me more. So why would girls go around posting sanctimonious bullshit if they wanted more people to like them?

Do girls actually believe the stupid shit that they post? Because it’s either that, or they’re trying to keep their low self esteem friends down. Or maybe they don’t believe that bullshit, but they think that other people do.

So now we have 3 possibilities on why girls post stupid feel good quotes on Facebook:

  1. Girls are stupid and want to be liked.
  2. Girls want to be liked and think other people are stupid.
  3. Girls are trying to keep their fat, ugly friends down.

I think it’s either 1 or 2. Or both 1 and 2. I definitely think 3 is unlikely. But regardless of which reason it is, it doesn’t paint those kinds of girls in a good light. Because all 3 reasons are motivated by an intent to deviously manipulate. And that’s the worst kind of manipulation.

Hold up. I just thought of a fourth possibility: girls are just trolling because they know nobody’s going to call them out on their shit. Okay, now I’m thinking it’s either 1, 2, or 4. Or a mix of both 1 and 2. Or a mix of 2 and 4. 3 still seems unlikely to me.

Okay, I’m going to Vizzini myself into a daze if I keep going at it. Ladies, throw me a bone here. Why the hell do you post those stupid quotes on Facebook?


* Fun fact: Microsoft Word 2013 does not flag “unfriend” for spelling. TC mark

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