Love/Hate Relationships

May 3, 2017
Are there certain products or services or even parts of everyday life that you just can't make up your mind about? I've thought of a few that I have a love/hate relationship with. Sometimes the feelings are simultaneous, but sometimes I lean more towards love and then change my mind.

Facebook- Back in 2007 when I signed up for Facebook, I loved it! I do enjoy taking pictures and found that Facebook made it so easy to share pictures among friends. Also, at that time, I was only Facebook friends with my close friends, so I felt pretty free in what I shared since I had a private account. I still like Facebook for the photo sharing options, and it is a good way to keep in touch with people from all over the world. Because of Facebook, I was able to meet up with some of my old friends that I would have lost contact with otherwise. I like some of the groups I'm in like my Spinal Fusion Support Group and a few blogging groups. However, I'm sure I'm not alone for thinking that Facebook is the worst sometimes, too. The political posts, friend requests from weirdos, the spying, the unflattering tagged pics, the people you feel obligated to be friends with, the having to watch what you say on your own account, seeing the same post hundreds of times, and the Candy Crush/other annoying game requests are all reasons that Facebook is not my favorite form of social media. Still, the pros must outweigh the cons because I still have my account, right?

Tieks- In this post, I mentioned how frustrated I was with my pair of Tieks. They were badly scuffed after less than four days of wear! Oh, and they aren't a cheap pair of shoes, either. The customer service department didn't respond the way I would have liked after I sent them an e-mail with pictures. Still, since I can't return my Tieks, I wear them almost every day. I love the style and they are pretty comfortable, even on days when I'm walking around a lot in Shanghai. 

Gel nails- I brought this up before--gel nails are so convenient because of how long they last. In Shanghai, there are such good nail salons that are cheaper than what I would pay in the States. There are tons of options for nail art, too! Yes, I could get nail art on a regular manicure, but then I'm paying more for something that only lasts around a week. With gel nails, I used to splurge on nail art since some of my manicures lasted me a month. The drawback of course is that gel nails ruined my real nails. At one point, my real nails were so flimsy that 8 out of 10 were broken. I've stopped doing gel manicures for a few months now and probably won't get another gel mani for a long time. My nails are still recovering.

Unfollow app for Instagram- If you have an Instagram account, I'm sure you've been followed and unfollowed more times than you can count. Like many bloggers, I downloaded an app to see who unfollows me. I do find it really useful and unfollow people who have added me just to get me to follow them back only to unfollow me once I have followed them. One day, I was scrolling through my feed and saw that someone who I thought was a good friend had unfollowed me! It really hurt my feelings, and I got so mad at her that I did a super mature thing and defriended her on Facebook. Sometimes when I look at who unfollowed me I do think, "Ouch!" from time to time. I don't take it personally when randos unfollow me, but if you're a good friend...then apparently I do take it very personally! 

Chick-fil-A- Luckily, I don't have to worry about this one anymore since I live in China now, but back when I lived in Georgia, I would crave Chick-fil-A. On the other hand, it felt wrong to eat there because the company's stance on gay marriage. To make it even more confusing, my gay friends still ate there. 

We Chat- We Chat is so useful in many ways! If you want to host an event, just add your friends and start a group. I am also really all about paying by We Chat. It's so handy because you can just use We Chat Wallet to pay your friends back what you owe them immediately without having to fumble for change. I don't know what I'll do in the States without it. But...Sometimes I'm in so many groups that after a few hours I have hundreds of unread messages. It's so much to catch up on! I don't want to be attached to my phone every second, but sometimes I feel like I have to be because we communicate for work through We Chat.

Small Talk- I'm bad at small talk and don't enjoy it when strangers come up and talk to me. I still continue to do this because sometimes it's just a stage you have to go through before you actually become friends with someone. If I quit partaking in all forms of small talk, it would be very difficult to make new friends and establish those deeper connections. I guess sometimes it is a necessary evil for many introverts.

Do you have any love/hate relationships? What would be on your list? 

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