According to facebook’s Help Center, the facebook poke is a “simple and fun way to say hello to your friends.” Who you tryin’ to kid? I think we’re all under the same assumption – if you send someone a poke, you’re telling them you’re thirsty.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg described the origination of the feature during a webinar. “When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.”

I usually get several pokes each week, but lately I’ve been noticing a trend. About 9 out of every 10 of the women “poking” me are either married or in a relationship. Is my interpretation misguided? Are these people just trying to say “hi” to the Tanch-miester? Chea right!

Over the past decade or so, social media interactions have lead to the demise of many relationships. We’ve heard of break-ups because so-and-so was messaging/chatting/commenting on so-and-so’s pictures. But has a relationship been ruined because of a “poke”? Probably…

How would YOU feel? Would you get all jelly if you found out your man or lady was poking someone other than yourself on facebook? Take the poll!