Warning: Scanning your Facebook news feed can lead to feelings of inadequacy.
August is peak holiday season and that can mean only one thing. Facebook news feeds flooded with images of friends cavorting in the sun.
Couples displaying signs of happiness and harmony. Families giddy with perfection. And single friends revelling in unshackled glory by tagging themselves at every important social, cultural and sporting event of the year. #Wimbledon, #WeddingInTuscany, #EdinburghFringe #WeekendWithTheGirls, #Rio2016.
Shiny Facebook Lives
Of course, you’re delighted for your friends. Clearly you are. You ‘liked’ the selfie of Callum meeting Usain Bolt – of course he would just bump into him in Rio. Of course he would go to Rio. #NiceGuy.
And you ‘liked’ the pictures of Claire, James and assorted off-spring looking tan, crisp and co-ordinated in Quinta do Lago. The one of their youngest tucking into a large dish of prawns – #ChloeLovesSeafood – even got a heart thingy.
If the picture of 7yr old Euan with the GolfPro – #FutureOpenWinners – seems a little needy then you can forgive that because you know it’s only meant tongue-in-cheek. Isn’t it?
They’re living life to the full. Great. Marvellous. It could all look a little smug but you know that they’re really not like that.
You know that life is every bit as real for your friends living their shiny Facebook lives. It’s just that maybe you forget sometimes.
Warts And All Facebook Pics
It’s completely natural to fill social media with the highlights. But how great it would be if just for one day your news feed was filled with pictures like this:
I’m sure we’d all feel better for a few #ChloeMeltsDownInRestaurant #MumSeeksSolaceInWine or #EuanLovesPokemonGo #250QuidDataRoamingCharge.
Only problem is we might all choose to stay home.
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