Sean Is Hungry, Chris Is Tired
Our lives may be full, and our experiences rich, but when it comes to squeezing the latest mini-chapters of our personal journeys into the limited space of a Facebook status update -- with the added pressures of being clever, looking cool, sounding interesting, and eliciting responses -- there are only so many ways to tell the folks on our social networks all about it. You begin see the same stuff over and over again: "Sean is hungry". "Chris is tired". "Ann is in a boring meeting". "Bob had a crazy dream". "Jane needs to study".
English professors claim that there are relatively few distinct story plots, and that every piece of literature is just a retelling of one of those narrative archetypes. I'm convinced that the same is true of the things people write in their Facebook status updates
. On the following pages you'll meet some of the most common "archetypes" I've recorded so far.