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Sometimes iWonder

Editorial | March 27th, 2014

Facebook staff, I have a few questions:

1)Why can’t you put my friend list in ABC order?

2)Why do you tell my friends when I’ve edited my posts?

3)Why do you have to tell people whether and when I’ve “seen” their message?

4)Why can’t I “select all” when I inviting friends to an event?

Has Facebook ever answered these questions publicly? I know I can’t be alone in my wonder.

No, it’s not shallow. It’s totally legit. So if you think you know, please enlighten me.

The friend list being out of ABC order is really what I can’t quite get. However, it does show up in order on iPhones.

And is Facebook trying to keep us honest by letting us know whether we’ve seen each other’s messages? I guess that’s not a bad thing, and we can still “mark as unread” if we please. But my goodness, we get to know the exact time and date someone may have looked at a message we’ve sent them. IPhones are the same.

Why? So we can know a certain person is too busy for us?

Yes, of course, we can’t all respond to every message we receive right away. So perhaps Gmail may start doing the same.

Sometimes I wonder …

Which expert shall we believe?

Do we believe the anti-wheat doctor, the anti-dairy and eggs nutritionist or the anti-meat brain surgeon? Each expert is well educated and has done his or her research. Each has stunning evidence for why we shouldn’t eat whole-grain toast, omelets or steak.

Each expert also makes me want to figuratively barf.

Perhaps I’m just a dizzy vegetarian. But I shake my head everytime I see someone post health articles on Facebook about why everybody should (or shouldn’t) eat meat, dairy, wheat, saturated fat, GMOs, etc.

It’s not necessarily because my Facebook friends are wrong or I dislike them. Rather, it’s because these “health” articles can often (but not always) be written by narrow-minded, know-it-all, weight-loss douche bags, not well-respected, exceptionally trusted and revered nutritionists, scientists or doctors.

OK. So, how do we know what to think when a well-respected, brilliant doctor or wellness advocate comes up with research that completely contradicts the work of another doctor or researcher who is just as brilliant and qualified? It happens all the time.

“Brilliant contradiction” explains the free world we live in. It’s awesome.

But do consumers need to pump millions of dollars into diet books that more than likely will have no positive longer-term effects? Currently, more than 100 millions Americans are on diets. Thanks to diet fads!

Sometimes I wonder…

Why would you even think about not leaving a tip?

Most people, when they drink or eat out, leave a tip. Though apparently there is a small percentage of folks who think servers don’t deserve tips.

Essentially, these folks believe the line “have a nice day” is a bunch of insincere baloney. So instead, they think, “give me what I ordered and leave me alone … I don’t need your BS.”

Whoever writes these “Why I don’t tip” web articles (perhaps for viral traffic), doesn’t realize how utterly obsessed customers are with receiving good service.

So if you are a server, don’t forget that not every customer who leaves you a poor tip is just cheap and awful. Perhaps they were expecting better service and truly didn’t get it.

On the other hand, customers from all walks of life can often be bad mannered and inconsiderate to waiters. More often than not, it’s for terribly poor reasons. More often than not, these customers choose to be oblivious to their rudeness.

So sometimes I wonder...

Really, this applies all to seller/customer situations. And we assume, if you’ve ever been a very cynical or rude customer, you’ve never a waited a table.

Servers deserve their tips – always.

Actually, this editorial calls for a cafeteria-style food fight (real or virtual) – milkshakes, spaghetti, sliced pepperonis, eggs and all. Who’s with me (diane@hpr1.com)? 

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