Monday, September 12, 2011

The Fastest Way to Get Blocked

One of the benefits of social media in the fitness world is the vast network of other fitness-minded, motivated people. Most of my "friends" on Facebook are online relationships with people I've never met in person. I do, however, have the fitness lifestyle in common with these people. I value all relationships I've made with people, whether online or in person.

What I do not value, however, is the influx of communication from "creepers" - usually men (but sometimes women) who feel it's appropriate to "poke" me on Facebook or try to chat with me. I don't find this communication welcome nor appropriate.

I've noticed that the amount of creeper communication I get is directly proportional to the type of photo I have as my profile picture. When I had this photo up, I didn't get any creepers trying to chat me up!

Cuddles from one of my favorite nephews!
But when I had this photo up, I got quite a few creepy requests.

Even though I love this photo, it seems to attract  the kind of attention I DON'T want!
This leads me to believe the creepers aren't really interested in getting to know Kari; they're interested in seeing girl-in-bikini pictures. Definitely NOT the kind of "friends" I want or need. A "poke" from someone I don't know is the fastest way for that person to be blocked. While the random "pokes" from weird men creeps me out, I also realize that unfortunately, creepers are inherent in the fitness industry.

Do you get weird communication or random "pokes" from strange men? If so, how do you manage them?

UPDATE: Facebook Pokes on 9/13/11. Who the heck are these dudes?! I don't know them, have never heard of them, yet they're "poking" me?! What the heck?! CREEPY!!
Nick & Kevin - you're now BLOCKED!

6 comments:

  1. SO true! I had the same expereince. I didn't add a lot of people as "friends" because I just don't trust them. Especially to see all of my personal info and pictures. I don't understand people. Get a life. The worst is when they take other people's photos and make fake profiles. really?

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  2. Yes I do. I don't respond in any way unless I truly feel weirded out, then just block. I don't even play with that. I've had a stalker before, and I refuse to come close to that again.

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  3. I block them. It grosses me out. I also NEVER use the Facebook chat feature. If I want to talk to a FB friend and I don't have their phone #, I just send them a PM.

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  4. Block, block, block and IGNORE! This is why I just have shoes for my profile picture. I find it worse on Twitter than on FB. Man, there are some creepy people out there!!

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  5. Ha! I only accept requests from people I've met in real life on Facebook, but my Twitter 'friends' are nearly all strangers to me. Eek.

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  6. Sorry to hear that you get creepers on your profile. FB is a weird place indeed and that is perhaps why my profile is non-searchable but I do understand why you can't perhaps make yours like that. You have fans.

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