I have stopped saying “Happy Birthday” on Facebook.
I don’t do it anymore.
The reminders, goddamn push notifications, and the other friends saying the same exact thing over and over, competing for said friend’s affections… Well, it’s salutation extortion. I feel like we’re all being baited into birthday wishes.
Isn’t it enough that Facebook runs experiments on us, like, all the time? Isn’t it enough that they curate the feed of data from our friends? The whole overly orchestrated experience is just too much.
I just kind of feel like Facebook manipulates me enough, and that by refusing to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” I’m resisting willful participation in my own social exploitation.
IT’S EXTREME- I know. But, sue me, I don’t think wishing your friends happy birthday should allow Facebook mind control to further penetrate your life.