To Poke Or Not To Poke – The Dying Art of Conversation

Is it now considered a form of contact to poke someone via Facebook now?

I ask this because most people don’t bother talking to me anymore just poke me instead.

Now we all know I am a miserable bugger BUT what would you rather have? Someone poke you or someone send you a short message asking how you are?

For me I would much rather have a message!

People I have not had a conversation with for weeks happily poke away well from now on I will not be returning pokes.

I had 21 notifications at one point today from people who had poked me




Come on people I know we all have busy lives but surely it would not be impossible to write a few lines in a message rather than a poke. A poke is so impersonal to me – I would rather spend my time talking to someone. Fine if I have to wait 24 hours to get a response from a message but then at least we are not losing the ability of communication.


Imagine the future when we find ourselves in a nightclub and want to approach a member of the opposite sex. Are we just going to go up to them and poke them?

Is the art of conversation a dying one these days?

Bad enough the text typing that goes on to shorten words – something that I h8!

Look at these messages sent between my 12 year old son and one of his friends

try and decipher this!


Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it!

Maybe kids are just lazy today due to the technology available to them or maybe it is down to the pre teenager years when I can expect communication via a series of grunts and mood swings.

Maybe I am just too miserable as I get older, but that being said I am still only early 30s!

Or are we all just too busy that we cant be bothered to speak to people properly?

I have a few people who message me or email me and believe me it makes my day feel a lot brighter than another poking notification.

Same applies with texting people as well, pick the damn phone up and speak to me rather than expect me to constantly reply to messages. It would be a lot quicker than correcting the damn predictive text on my phone anyway.

Speaking of predictive text…

If you type my name into your phone it comes up with H-A-P-P-Y instead of G-A-R-R-Y

Oh the irony!

Empty – perfect!


The photo above shows my new “improved” pokes page, all deleted.

Sorry to those pokers in question but you can’t judge me for wanting a conversation with you instead of a poke.

It’s because I like you that you’re on my friends list in the first place, I didn’t add you for your poking prowess .

And with that I will attempt to get some sleep before my big day tomorrow (well actually as its almost 1a, it is today)

8 comments on “To Poke Or Not To Poke – The Dying Art of Conversation

  1. I was always taught it was rude to “poke” as a child. I don’t like it either and never poke back. That is what you do to some dead looking jelly stuff lying on the beach. Good on you for speaking your mind. Jen xx


  2. I’ve been on Facebook since 2007 and I’ve never been poked either! πŸ˜› Not sure that I’d like to be, though! πŸ˜€

    It’s a strange expression… I kind of understanding the ‘wink’ feature on dating sites but you certainly wouldn’t want someone poking you physically. How are you supposed to respond?!


  3. I have been poked for 7 times this week and I don’t understand the meaning of them, do I poke them back or sent them a message???


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