Like many people I know, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Although its usefulness for me still outweighs anything else, given the number of people I’m in touch with who live far away from me, I’m often creeped out by the weird stalking behaviours that it encourages, among other things.
And then there’s the advertising that pops up. Some of it is hilariously misdirected, like the wave of evangelical Christian ads I saw a few months ago. Much of it is just annoying – seriously, enough with the weight-loss ads. According to Facebook’s information for people wanting to advertise on the site, advertisers can choose to target their ads based on gender, age, location, and interests, among other things.
Which means that some combination of factors has resulted in this ad appearing fairly regularly on the site of my page, over the last several months: