I’m pretty sure that’s how it’s meant in the land of Facebook. If I say I’m interested in women, it doesn’t mean that anything a man has to say is irrelevant and not interesting to me. Generally speaking, it’s quite the opposite.
lex, I have plenty of friends who have both genders listed in their “Interested In”; none of those people are bisexual, or at least not admittedly so. I would assume that the vast majority of FB users are there to ‘share with their friends’ and perhaps make some new ones (and of course network). If anyone is specifically in the market for a fuck-bud, there are still plenty of whores (female AND male) on MySpace.
@ifitwerentformyhorse I am with you. I always assumed it was meant for sexual orientation, and of my facebook friends only the bisexual ones have listed both. What kind of a person only wants to befriend one gender?
Of course there are plenty of people (the vast majority perhaps) that use it to ‘advertise’ which gender they are interested in dating, but for many people (particularly those who are married and/or in serious relationships) it might read “men, women” because gender is irrelevant to them as far as using Facebook for platonic purposes such as seeking activity partners or people with whom to network professionally. All I am saying is it is generally inconclusive as far as being an indicator of sexual orientation.
I always thought it meant interested in for sexy times, but since I don’t use FB for sexy times, I left that option blank. But since it’s a grandma, I’d assume she wasn’t aware of sexy times, and just meant friendly times.
word: Mostly insecure frat boys and high school kids who feel like if they don’t have an option to establish their ‘hetero-ness’ then the world is going to peg them as the opposite. I think it’s stupid too but since sexuality is so goddamned important to everyone, alas, there it is, sharing a page with info that is far more relevant (as well as info that is even less so, one could argue).
The only people on Facebook who I’ve seen answer the “interested in question” with both men AND women were either a) bisexual, b)really, really old or c) non-native English speakers who probably didn’t understand “interested in” in this context. It’s obvious Alex’s grandma just misunderstood as well, interpreting it the way described above.
@hootie – But Facebook comes in different languages? I think lots of people may be interpreting “interested in” as “would like to meet”, which is not necessarily “would like to fuck”. Though like I said before, I always thought it referred to your sexual orientation.
Yeah I know it comes in different languages, but it’s still true that virtually all non-native English speakers on my Facebook friends list answer the question with both men and women. I don’t know what the explanation is. I have just assumed they are offered a strict translation of “interested in” and perhaps they just don’t use that phrase or anything like it in their culture.
I lived in Southeast Asia for a few years, it is friends and former coworkers there I’m talking about.
I mean, don’t use it in their culture in relation to dating or attraction or whatever. Thus they interpret “interested in” the way it would be used in any other context, i.e., you want to know more of both. Or something like that.