Has this happened to you? You’re checking your FaceBook profile and all of a sudden you feel a poke … not from someone you know but some random guy or gal from the land of far far away. You think, WTF? Someone is trying to get your attention. What is the point of the poke? Well, straight from the mouth of the creator (no, not God, Mark Zukerberg) “when we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.” How do you interpret the poke? Well, some people just see it as a “hello”, some see it as more … some even give it sexual innuendos. What is the point, you ask, and how does it relate to being single and dating?
Often times, pokes are intended as flirtation. Then there are the other times when it’s just weird, creepy, and annoying. But, annoying as it seems and it is, poking has led to many encounters between people. It’s one thing when a friend does it, but when it’s a complete stranger who pokes you it’s another story altogether. So do you poke back or do you just ignore it? What is poking protocol? Do you poke back to be polite or just ignore it?
I know personally I don’t poke back. I find it rude and obnoxious. I take it like a real life poke, I don’t want anyone poking me, well, ahem, you know what I mean. Imagine people going around poking other people! There would certainly be a whole lot of recipricol slapping!! What is my conclusion? Well, if you really want to get someone’s attention on FaceBook, send them a message, and if you can’t, then try to add them as a friend. If they are interested then they will reciprocate, if not, then you tried. But please no poking!!! No one likes FaceBook creepers … not sexy and not attractive!
Have you met someone via “poke”, FaceBook that is! Share what you think and leave a comment (anonymously if you like)!!
Your Sister in Dating Bliss,
Single Dating Diva