‘A study published last month in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking found that the more people spent on Facebook, the happier they perceived their friends to be and the sadder they felt as a consequence.’
— The New York Times, February 2012
While Facebook is a quick and easy way to stay connected with others, it can be a very dangerous social medium for people who are experiencing challenges in their own lives.
When you feel low about yourself, and you log onto Facebook, you are inundated with people posting happy, proud, smug and downright obnoxious posts about themselves.
Some typical posts include:
“Renewing my vows with my husband. He says that I’m as beautiful now as I was on the day that he met me.”
“Can’t wait for my kitchen renovation at my beachfront house to be done. So tired of these contractors!”
“Thank you to everyone that sent me a gift for my birthday. I feel truly loved!”
These posts make you feel WORSE about yourself by causing you to compare yourself to these inflated, exaggerated versions of your friends.
In reality, these people are actually sitting at home in their sweats, eating double stuff Oreos while watching reruns of the Jersey Shore.
Avoid Facebook UNLESS you are in the right mood to have a good laugh at the comically pompous posts that are posted everyday.
Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.
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