Your daily scroll on Facebook probably feeds you with a very twisted version of the truth. Here are four lies you should dismiss as soon as they pop up on your screen.
1. The #goodtimes in life always involve either a bf or fabulous friends
Just because #goodtimes or #funtimes tags are always associated with girlfriends striking fabulous poses; couples making romantic meals together or snap shots “up in the club”, it doesn’t mean other moments don’t fit the tag. Let me prove it:
- Walking in a public place with your earphones in and trying to stop yourself from turning into a one-woman flash mob when that really catchy song comes along: #funtimes.
- Making popcorn and a big cup of hot chocolate and then stacking a bunch of comfy cushions around yourself just to watch your favorite movie, by yourself: #goodtimes.
- When your crazy family ping-pong jokes around the dinner table: #funtimes.
- Reading a captivating book while lying on your back under the dappled shadows of a tree: #goodtimes.
2. People share all their great times on Facebook
In contrary to popular belief, if you’re taking pictures, you’re probably missing out. A moment is a wonderful and passing slice of delight that you’ll never get back again.
Besides, most great moments aren’t photo material at all in anyway – like laughing until you cry or enjoying a great episode of your favorite series and a slab all by your perfect self.
3. You have tons and tons of friends
You know that incredibly awkward moment when you pass someone you’ve seen all over your Facebook feed lately and you don’t even greet one another in real life.
Or even worse, you do greet and talk and you want to talk about the Facebook news you’ve read about this person, but you can’t, because it’ll make you sound like a stalker (despite it being their choice to share all their life’s little details with you via Facebook). Thank you Facebook for making social interaction so flippen awkward.
Facebook can trick you into feeling connected to people you don’t really know well. Rather pause that routine Facebook scroll and organize a coffee date with your actual friends.
If you realize your friend count is closer to 4 than 400, relax. It’s normal. Nobody has 400 friends. How could anyone ever sustain 400 real friendships? Do you know how many birthday presents that would be?! Bankruptcy. That’s how many.
Whereas with 4 friends you can easily divide a month’s extra time – one friend for each weekend. Now that’s realistic.
4. Everyone’s happy, except you
You probably see about 30 Facebook posts a day, which consists of 20 “friends” posting their best (and best looking) outings of the week. This doesn’t mean everybody is happy all the time, it means 20 friends had about 20 hours of fun this week. I’d say you could also pull that off for about one hour a week and take your best pic of 20 pictures you took of that single hour.
Nobody posts their saddest or everyday moments on Facebook, even if these moments outweigh that hour of fun by 23 hours.