So we’re at home during this 21 day lockdown and while half of us are trying to pick up new skills like learning another language, the other half of us are stuck to our social media, scrolling aimlessly, looking for solace or smiles, or just anything to keep our minds occupied for a few vacant moments. Well, I’ve got the answer: unapologetic Facebook groups.
I love standing on the Facebook sidelines, watching people go about their antics, posting things on the internet for the world to see (even though, sometimes, they really shouldn’t), and I do derive quite a bit of enjoyment from it, I’m not going to lie. Sometimes it’s a dog or a funny post or a particularly dark meme. Don’t judge, I know you do it too.
I have, with some help from some colleagues, rounded up some of the more entertaining Facebook groups out there to make your feed a little more colourful.
Here’s to hoping your business doesn’t block the Facebook app on your devices.
This Facebook group started thanks to “Boss Babe” Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, with a health-centric blog and podcast of the same name. The group, originally created for people with the same goals and ambitions of becoming a “better version of themselves” has taken on a life of its own, and is now one of the first feeds I scroll through when I need to perk up.
Whether it’s throwing some serious shade at partners, exes and bitchy best friends, to sharing dubious memes and sketchy stories of dates gone wrong, this is the Facebook group to join if you’re looking for a community that has absolutely no shame and too many tales for their own good.
I love this group. A Facebook group where everyone is either a millennial (born between 1981 and 1996) or a Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012 for those of you who’d like a refresher course), this group will have you snorting coffee out of your nose in a matter of minutes. The group is used to talk in character as a Boomer. I was a little sceptical of the misuse of grammar, the bad punctuation, and the outright bizarre way that people were commenting on posts – after all, how bad could the older generation be at using technology, right? Especially on Facebook. That is until I joined a WhatsApp group with a predominantly Boomer subset.
Need a laugh? Check out this group where people try to use Facebook in lieu of Google to search for answers, try to send text messages not intended for other people, and, well, generally act like Boomers on the internet.
Just, like, all the dogs
In the category of “most likely to make you go awh”, we have a range of dog-based groups. This includes The Dogist where a photographer roams the streets of New York, taking inspiration from Humans of New York and The Satorialist. Each pup photographed has a little blurb with their name, age, where they live, as well as a particular characteristic that makes them so special to their humans.
If you’re looking for something a little cuter, there’s also We Rate Dogs. This group takes rating dogs out of 10 very seriously. The rating system includes cuteness, determination and general doggy-ness. 14/10 for this group. Check it out if you’re in need of smiles.
I also reached out to fellow 9Lives writer Daniel for his insights, and this is what he had to say.
The beauty of Facebook groups is that there are really just so many glorious rabbit-holes to climb in and disappear into. My approach to finding groups can be likened to a drunk guy trying to make friends at a bar; unstructured, confusing and often messy. This means that I have a list of groups that are very different, but serve my scrolling needs in very unique ways.
The group I probably spend the most time reading is;
This tag group (explainer here) often gets it wrong, when people tag an obvious joke and then claim that this never happened, but when they do get it right, and OP (original poster) gets slammed by thousands of people, it becomes pure gold. For example; here and here.
Two groups that frequently present me with amazing content for those intermittent moments of boredom is:
The things people tattoo on their bodies are quite often extremely insane. To think you are spending a lot of money to brand yourself with a phrase or word or image that is not only very dumb but often also extremely poorly done facinates me to no end. Just look at this one for example: here – I mean, come on! How does this happen? How!?
But to balance this out, the inkpraising group presents me with real works of art that make me nod my head in approval and a tinge of jealousy.
Three other groups I follow are more based on their utilitarian value, rather than their comedic value. These groups present me with great insights into the weather, which is much more scientific than I realised, and they do it with a wide-eyed wonder that makes it a pleasure to follow.
My company has a large range of agri-companies that they do work for, so it is important to not only understand what is topical in agriculture, but also how people in the agri-world communicate. One group that is very active is the Landbou Sosiaal group. This group will definitely not appeal to everyone, but I find it very entertaining and educational. The topics range from the very practical to the more explorative, but the real reason I enjoy it has to do with the way the community presents themselves. I assume that most of the people in the group are above 40 years old, and this means that they are very formal and structured in the way they present themselves online. The group has a distinctly forum-like feeling.
Finally, Legal Talk SA has often not only helped me with issues I have when it comes to legal issues, but also helped I, would think, thousands of other South Africans who have a tricky situation and don’t know who to talk to about it. The group is very well structured and the people who give feedback are often very well read and give solid legal advice.
So if you, like many of us across the country right now, are looking for laughs, advice or something to keep you occupied and entertained, here are a few Facebook groups to make your day a little brighter.