Got the Facebook Blues?

Published on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in , , , , , ,

Everyday millions of people are logging onto the multibillion dollar social network, Facebook, to connect with friends from around the world. Some of what we see on our news feeds are the joyful expressions of our friends living the “good life”. Our news feed notifies us when our friends are on vacation abroad while we are slaving away at a dead end job. It also lets us know when friends have been out partying while we sat at home alone. Facebook only highlights snapshots of the positive accomplishments of our peers, while leaving out the everyday grind of life that most people have to face.

It’s very easy to get caught up into the mythical world that Facebook can create. A study conducted at Stanford University showed how people may get down on themselves because of the desire to have a more fulfilling life than others. Overestimating the joy and accomplishments of our friends can cause us to experience deeper feelings of sadness and loneliness. We often are unable to properly gauge the happiness of others because most people don’t post pictures of negative life events. Many of us really don’t want others to see the pitfalls we are experiencing. Don’t allow yourself to get ensnared by the “grass is greener” syndrome. Appreciate where you are and work towards where are you headed!

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2 Response to Got the Facebook Blues?

February 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

This was an interesting blog. My sister just posted a fb status saying, "I don't like seeing all this bragging on facebook, unless it's me doing the bragging." This blog reminded me of that. lol. I can't say that I don't look at people's posts (especially the ones with cute kids because I really want one soon) and have the green-eyed monster come popping up a bit. I have to get away from facebook sometimes.

February 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM