the ‘psychology’ of the note.

Ever since the FB note “25 Random Things about Me”, there has been an emergence of notes that were along this line. Some are downright ridiculous. Some are okay. None as ingenious or unique or interesting as “25 Random Things about Me”.

One of my friends tagged me in “I’ve done ___ out of the 132 stupid things” and I went to take a look. I think the note is a flop for 3 reasons.

1. the psychological effect

As you are reading, you will read what your friend has checked in her list. And, I think most people won’t be able to answer truthfully. Why?

Because subconsciously, you might be comparing yourself with your friend. You don’t want to “lose” out to him/her. So you might bend the truth abit (especially since the items are ambiguous) or even lie. So that your ultimate score is higher than your friend.

It’s like competing with your friend in results. It’s common.

2. the items

You would think this kind of notes will contain items that most people/friends won’t reveal in person. Perhaps even a little scandalous in nature. I was even thinking that I probably can’t post it since my cousins are on my FB account.

Turns out my worry was for nothing.

The 132 things were pretty much “tamed”. These are things that most friends already know about me. So what’s the point?

3. what does the score mean?

Okay, so what if I have done 132 things in the list and you have done 1? Does that make me…naughtier, dirtier, clever or <insert adjective>..than the next person?

That I am stupider? That doesn’t make sense. Cause half the items are normal things. They are not stupid! Like how is going to Paris stupid? Gee.

The score doesn’t make sense! And doesn’t provide insight to your friend. No validity!

Yups. I know everything is just for fun! And that it’s just riding on the “popular wave” created by the “25 Random Things about Me” note. But I think all these notes have forgotten one thing or perhaps missed out one very important point. The thing that made “25 Random Things about Me” so famous. What’s that?

That people don’t want to do a note just because. They want to know more about their friends! The note must provide insights or information about their friends. Things that will normally not cropped up during conversations. Like how you will never know that I used the milk bottle till I was in Primary 4 or that I’ve never been to SLQ or Funan!

So yups(: Just my 2 cents worth.

With that said, here’s my list.

Level 1
( ) Smoked A Cigarette
( ) Smoked A Cigar
( ) Kissed A Member Of The Same Sex
(x) Drank Alcohol

SO FAR: 1

Level 2
( ) Are / Been In Love
( ) Been Dumped
(x) Shoplifted
( ) Been Fired
(x ) Been In A Fist Fight

SO FAR: 3

Level 4
(x) Had A Crush On An Older Person
(x) Skipped School
( ) Slept With A Co-worker
(x) Seen Someone / Something Die

SO FAR: 6

Level 5
(x) Had / Have A Crush On One Of Your Facebook Friends
( ) Been To Paris
( ) Been To Spain
(x) Been On A Plane
(x) Thrown Up From Drinking

SO FAR: 9

Level 6
(x) Eaten Sushi
( ) Been Snowboarding
(x ) Met Someone BECAUSE Of Facebook (MySpace counted?)
( ) Been in a Mosh Pit

SO FAR: 11

Level 7
( ) Been In An Abusive Relationship
(x) Taken Pain Killers
(x) Love/loved Someone Who You Cant Have
(x) Laid On Your Back And Watched Cloud Shapes Go By
( ) Made A Snow Angel

SO FAR: 14

Level 8
(x) Had A Tea Party
( ) Flown A Kite
(x) Built A Sand Castle
(x) Gone mudding
(x) Played Dress Up

SO FAR: 18

Level 9
(x) Jumped Into A Pile Of Leaves
( ) Gone Sledging
(x) Cheated While Playing A Game
(x) Been Lonely
(x) Fallen Asleep At Work / School

SO FAR: 22

Level 10
(x) Watched The Sun Set
( ) Felt An Earthquake
( ) Killed A Snake

SO FAR: 23

Level 11
(x) Been Tickled
( ) Been Robbed / Vandalized
(x) Been Cheated on
(x) Been Misunderstood

SO FAR: 26

Level 12
(x) Won A Contest
( ) Been Suspended From School
( ) Had Detention
( ) Been In A Car / Motorcycle Accident

SO FAR: 27

Level 13
(x) Had / Have Braces
(x) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(x ) Danced in the moonlight

SO FAR: 30

Level 14
(x) Hated The Way You Look
(x ) Witnessed A Crime
( ) Pole Danced (Don’t mind trying!)
(x) Questioned Your Heart
(x) Been obsessed with post-it-notes

SO FAR: 34

Level 15
(x) Squished Barefoot Through The Mud
(x) Been Lost
( ) Been To The Opposite Side Of The World
(x) Swam In The Ocean (More like thrown in and then rescued out)
(x) Felt Like You Were Dying

SO FAR: 38

Level 16
(x) Cried Yourself To Sleep
(x) Played Cops And Robbers
(x) Recently Colored With Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
(x) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid For A Meal With Only Coins

SO FAR: 43

Level 17
(x) Done Something You Told Yourself You Wouldn’t
(x) Made a Prank Phone Call
(x ) Laughed Until Some Kind Of Beverage Came Out Of Your Nose
() Kissed In The Rain

SO FAR: 46

Level 18
( ) Written A Letter To Santa Claus
( ) Watched The Sun Set/ Sun Rise With Someone You Care/Cared About
(x) Blown Bubbles
(x) Made A Bonfire On The Beach or anywhere

SO FAR: 48

Level 19
( ) Crashed A Party
(x) Have Traveled More Than 5 Days With A Car Full Of People
( ) Gone Rollerskating / Blading
(x) Had A Wish Come True
( ) Been Humped By A Monkey

SO FAR: 50

Level 20
( ) Worn Pearls
( ) Jumped Off A Bridge
( ) Swore at the teacher, in front of them
( ) Swam With Dolphins

SO FAR: 50

Level 22
(x) Got Your Tongue Stuck To A Pole/Freezer/ice Cube (all the time!)
( ) Kissed A Fish
(x) Worn The Opposite Sex’s Clothes
(x ) Sat On A Roof Top

SO FAR: 53

Level 23
(x) Screamed At The Top Of Your Lungs
( ) Done / Attempted A One-Handed Cartwheel
(x) Talked On The Phone For More Than 6 Hours
(x) Recently stayed Up for a while talking to someone you care about

SO FAR: 56

Level 24
( ) Picked And Ate An Apple Right Off The Tree
(x) Climbed A Tree
( ) Had/Been In A Tree House.
(x) Been scared To Watch Scary Movies Alone

SO FAR: 58

Level 25
(x) Believed In Ghosts
( ) Have had More Then 30 Pairs Of Shoes
( ) Gone Streaking
( ) Visited Jail

SO FAR: 59

Level 26
(x) Played Chicken
(x) Been Pushed into a pool with all your clothes on
(x) Been Told You’re Hot By A Complete Stranger
( ) Broken A Bone
(x) Been Easily Amused

SO FAR: 63

Level 27
( ) Caught A Fish Then Ate It Later
(x) Made A Porn Video/got asked to make one
(x) Caught A Butterfly
(x) Laughed So Hard You Cried
(x) Cried So Hard You Laughed

SO FAR: 67

Level 28
(x) Mooned/Flashed Someone
(x) Had Someone Moon/Flash You
(x) Cheated On A Test
(x) Forgotten Someone’s Name
( ) French Braided Someones Hair
( ) Gone Skinny Dipping
( ) Been Kicked Out Of Your House
(x) Tried to hurt yourself

SO FAR: 71

Level 29
(x) Rode A Roller Coaster
( ) Went Scuba-Diving/Snorkeling
(x) Had A Cavity
(x) Black-Mailed Someone
(x) Been Black Mailed

SO FAR: 75

Level 31
(x) Been Used
(x) Fell Going Up The Stairs
( ) Licked A Cat
(x) Bitten Someone
(x) Licked Someone

SO FAR: 79

Level 32
( ) Been shot at/or at gunpoint
( ) Had sex in the rain
( ) Flattened someones tires
( ) Rode your car/truck until the gas light came on
( ) Got five dollars or less worth of petrol
Total: 79

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