Social media sites are a great way to stay in touch with friends. Sites like Facebook allow you to share in someone’s life, even across the planet. It’s pretty remarkable, when you think about it: long lost friends have been reunited, connections have been made, and countless online communities have sprung up, each geared toward bringing together people with common interests: Photography, cooking, sports, parenting…you name it, there’s a Facebook group for it.
But with as wonderful as sites like Facebook can be, they can also wreak havoc on one’s self esteem. Take the following status, for example:
“I just ran 12 miles and now I’m off to make a 10-course gourmet meal while my children play happily in the backyard. Oh and look, I lost another 5 pounds!”
Embellished posts like these can be a little disheartening when the closest you got to exercise today is wearing sweat pants, just ordered take-out pizza and had to referee your own children whose voices reached ear shattering levels over a toy they both wanted to play with at the same time.
If you’ve found yourself reading Facebook status’ and comparing your life to the seemingly perfect lives of those in your newsfeed, you’re not alone. Most of us have. Just remember that what you are reading is just a tiny slice from the highlights of someone’s life; highlights that are often made to sound as wonderful as possible.
So enjoy social media for the all the good it brings, but remember that there’s no such thing as a perfect life…unless it’s on Facebook.