It’s 2011. I’m an angry social media nerd and I’m single. Normally, I don’t list my “Relationship Status” on Facebook because it’s not my “friends” business. However, I decided to change my status. For the past month, I listed myself as a single male interested in men. I didn’t say if I was interested in friends, dates or whatever, just that I was single and gay.
For that month, I proceeded to mostly get awful ads about gay dating websites or other aspects of my romantic life. Now, presented with comments, are a fraction of the various ads I’ve received.
This one is sad because it asks me to meet singles, and clearly the guys are already together. Just crush my hopes before I click the link.
Renowned matchmakers rely on Facebook ads to attract customers. And what if I’m not ready to meet the man of my dreams?
First of all, I’m not looking for Cupid. Cupid is a match-making mythological cherub. Second, even if I was looking for cupid, I doubt he’s some guy who takes poorly lit photos on his webcam for Facebook ads.
This ad says I won’t be able to attract a man without a pair of good underwear. And here I thought it was all about my charming personality. Also, why on earth is the underwear censored? Are cartoon undergarments that offensive?
Another thing I need? An app from a website that specializes in hookups. Thanks for ruining my ideas of internet romance, Facebook.
Of course, if I can’t get a man, I can always settle down with a good romance novel.
This is creepy and offensive Facebook. Stop trying to play matchmaker and let me connect with my friends.
Does anyone else get ads this creepy from Facebook? Or is Facebook just harassing me because I’m gay?
Oh, and I’m now back into the realm of no relationship status. I can’t deal with anymore targeted ads that only target one facet of my humanity.