When it comes to the bad reasons to get engaged, well, there a couple, to put it mildly. You can get engaged because you don’t want to die alone, because of money, because you got pregnant, because you were promised "stuff." There are also other things like ‘the hot bod’ (it won’t last), the cat (really?), the ring is "huuuge" and best of all, the "I don’t deserve better than this."
One couple is letting Facebook determine whether they get engaged or not. Yeh, the social medium full of wise voices and humble opinions is going to determine a decision that will affect two lives forever. Now I miss the good old days when the parents chose who we should get engaged to.
It all started when Amanda Barr posted a photo of her and her boyfriend on Facebook. There, she wrote a long post hoping people would share and like. The thing went viral but mainly for the wrong reasons.
In the caption, Barr wrote: “So as many of you already know me and Stuart has Been together now for 13 years we have 3 amazing beautiful children, a lovely home, we are happy and content. The only problem is my last name!! iv been nagging him for the past 10 years now to get married but no luck such as yet!!”
“So enough is enough now I'm not getting any younger I would love to be married by next year…So Stuart has said if I get 500 likes and 50 shares by the end of this month he will propose this year and set a date for next year…I need all mine and Stuart's family and friends to share and like the hell out of this post. LETS GET ME DOWN THE AISLE GUYS.”
Do you see anything wrong with this post? Well, if you really don’t, then maybe some of the comments Barr received from Facebook users can help to clarify how wrong this post is. Because people have had their say.
“Pretty sad he will only do it if you get Likes off Facebook If he really loved you, you wouldn't have to beg it , sad man his decision relies on Facebook.” Mmm. “If you have to turn to Facebook to get shares and likes so he'll marry you, I'm sorry but he's not worth marrying ...quite sad really.”
“He would of married you without this post if he had wanted too” wrote another. Not sure if this user is actually her sis but this is what one guy wrote, “he is fucking treating you all to the point of the day you meet someone like that you are so unlucky sis.” Alright then.
10. Getting All Excited
Others got excited for this woman. I would say these are the people who determine the level of success in their life by the number of likes they get, the number of shares they have and they number of followers. How else can you know you’re doing good in life these days?
“Good luck from Iraq,” wrote one user. “I wish you both happy life, from Lithuania,” wrote another. “The post reaches to iraq from iraqi people we'r asking you Mr.stuart to Marry this beautiful women.. to live happily for ever after,” wrote one seriously optimistic user.
Some chose to scare the bejesus out of the boyfriend. “Aaargh dont do it marriage is the death of all passion and the cause of all divorces stay lovers be happy,” one user wrote. Thank you! This is exactly what the boyfriend needed to hear!
Others chose to gloat. “My husband asked me to marry him the first night I met him together now 25 years and going to Spain with the kids to renew our wedding vows in two weeks.” Alright, lady, we get it, you’re in love.
I too have my wishes for the couple. I hope they were joking. If they weren’t, then how are they going to explain to their kids why they finally decided to commit to each other for the rest of their lives. Likes do not equal love, people! Or success. Or happiness.