The Perfect Facebook Life
Facebook is a curated world where all relationships are perfect, every weekend is better than the next, your enemies are your biggest fans andÂ food pornÂ is aÂ celebratedÂ fetish.
Who would have thought all those years back that the shoe like phone could one day become our mostÂ intimateÂ companion? Last thing at night we flirt with the alarm, gaze longingly at the weather app and have one last peep at the Facebook timeline. Then each morning theÂ routine repeats itself with even moreÂ vigor. We’ve been digitally seduced – waking up, working and sleeping with status updates.
Every single good thing in ones life is documented. The bad events are hidden somewhere at the back of ourÂ cerebralÂ cortex, but those wonderful things â€“ hell everyone should know about those. They say lifeâ€™s not perfect… but they canâ€™t say the same about a Facebook life.
A few years back I remember a friend who I used to work with. After some time working together, he moved to New York. It was only through Facebook that we got to update each other of the different happenings in each others lives. Through Facebook, I could see he was living a life everyone dreams of.
Everyone was happy for him. He posted pictures of his lovers (they change every week) and his status updates are always like how great his weekend was, how irresistible his new couch is, and so on. He even had a Facebook fan page, too â€“ with 5,000 likes and growing every day. His life was, indeed, perfect.
After seeing all these, one of our friends dared to ask, â€œWhy is your life so perfect? I want to live there, too!â€
In the same public conversation, he replied, â€œNo, itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s just what I want people to know.â€
Last May, The Atlantic published a blog: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?,Â it was a critical analysis on the social mediaâ€™s effect on the social bueprint of humans. Author Stephen Merche talked about how people get to meet essentially fewer people because of social media. Because of social media, you wouldnâ€™t know who among your friends are really in need of care right now, seeing that everything is happening so well forÂ everyone.
When former actress and Playboy playmate, Yvette Vickers, died last year, she was all by herself. She had Facebook friends and Twitter followers â€“ lots of them. But she didnâ€™t have anyone with her when she died. She was alone, and by the time they saw her, she had already been mummified.
You might also want to check out theseÂ 10 reasons to hate Facebook.
So much for living a perfect life online, eh?