Your life is so much better than mine. I know, because I’ve looked at your Facebook profile and you look really happy.
Stanford University research and a new book, Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, suggest that social networking sites, like Facebook, can make us feel sad and alone because they make everyone look happy.
Everything on the site is geared toward the positive. You list your accomplishments and post pictures from your latest beach vacation. As the article in Slate points out, there is a ‘like’ button, but no ‘hate’ button.
Women are particularly susceptible to Facebook envy, because there are more female users on the site and women tend to post more personal things like photos and status updates, rather than links to news and current events.
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But I think Facebook envy could also be a problem for 20-somethings in general.
We are first generation Facebookers, using the site as a primary tool of communication, and we’re also trying to figure careers, relationships and what we want out of life.
So when you see a friend’s posting about a new job or pictures of a high school classmate’s new baby, you think, “Wow, they’ve got it all figured out.” You don’t hear about the bad days at the office or see the pukey, crying baby pictures because...nobody really wants to see that.
Facebook is us at our best. It’s not reality. In reality, everyone has good days and bad days
Except for me. My life is always awesome -- can’t you tell from my Facebook profile?