Friends, Family, Readers, Casual Guest etc,
Good morning from gloomy, snowy, Stuttgart, Germany,
I came across an article that rang true with me and wanted to pass it along.
“Is Facebook Making Us Sad?” from Slate.com.
This article explains that we’re wired to be happy and to wish others happiness, but we also subconciously want to be happier than everybody else. Facebook doesn’t help with this because people only post up pictures of them doing fun things with fun people. If your friend are like mine, they actually take pictures when they go on adventures. If it weren’t for my wife, I would have a single photo of me doing anything. But the friends who are always going out on the weekends and on Monday morning a 227 photo album entitled “Kim and Steve’s Zany Weekend” pops up and it doesn’t matter how awesome your weekend is, that Zany Weekend looks like more fun than yours. My sister-in-law is that way…she’s post up pictures of her and her girlfriends doing everything, they make going to Walmart in their pj’s look as much fun as Disneyworld.
All is not lost, there are ways to mitigate the effects of Facebook envy creeping into our lives. Turn it off. Go a day without logging in…really, I dare you. I’ve done it. It’s actually quite refreshing. It allows your brain to refocus on things that are important.
It’s not just photos and funtimes. People who seem to have accomplished bios, more friends than you or seem to live in more exotic places, any of these can trigger thoughts of depression or dissatissfaction with your lot in life.
Readers, keep Facebook in perspective. It’s a tool to stay in touch with people you love who you can’t be physically with. If you have people on your page who don’t fit that bill…maybe do yourself a favor and delete some folks…
Check out that link, take some time off of Facebook if you think it’s getting to you…Thanks for reading,