Last night I spent the evening catching up with an old childhood friend. The conversation naturally turned to Facebook. We started talking about seeing how “happy” everyone on Facebook looks. The majority of our friends are blissfully married, engaged or in fabulous relationships. Our single friends seem to spend their weekends dressed up and going out. I started to realize that whether my friends were single, engaged or married, I envied them.
If it was the weekend and I wasn’t going out I would sit in my large sweats and Facebook stalk all of my friends pictures, all the while telling myself, “that I should really go out more.”
If I saw wedding pictures, I would start to think about the fact that I didn’t have a wedding to plan. Engagement pictures were no different. I have to admit that if you post engagement/wedding photos I WILL click through ALL of them. (I’m a stalker I know, but I figure if I admit it upfront I’m less creepy right?) I noticed that I was comparing my life to everyone else’s Facebook pictures.
And the more I thought about it the more I realized that people for the most part, people only post the best pictures of themselves and write the most exciting statuses.
I have decided that Facebook is not by any means a realistic view into people’s lives. People have problems in real life just like me. They just don’t post them on Facebook for everyone to see. So, after this realization I have decided that I am going to try and not compare myself to people as much, it’s useless. I will not, however, stop stalking everyone’s photos-I just can’t help myself!
When you are on Facebook and see everyone’s seemingly “perfect lives” do you ever find yourself getting jealous?