According to the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, more and more teens are suffering from what they are calling FACEBOOK DEPRESSION. This is a condition caused by teens comparing their lives to those of their “friends” on Facebook. I am fascinated by this and wonder how many adults suffer from these same feelings.
Facebook, and any other social site, is a place for people to post all of the wonderful things about themselves and their lives (of course there are those few friends who post so much of their dirty laundry that we wonder what they were thinking!). They are places where people put their best foot forward. What we need to remember is they have ANOTHER FOOT!
When you go to Disneyland, everyone is smiling. The janitor cheerfully points you in the direction of the bathrooms, even though he has been asked “Where are the restrooms?” 5,000 times in the past hour. Even the ground is clean enough to eat off of…well okay that is a stretch, but after all, it’s called the MAGIC KINGDOM! A place where pumpkins deliver princesses to balls and mice bake cupcakes in little pink houses. Of course it seems grand…IT’S NOT REAL!
Just like Disneyland, Facebook Land is filled with ultra-white smiling faces (created using PicNik, a photo editing app) and beautiful children who sit quietly studying advanced calculus (probably a fake family picture found on Flickr), as all of your Facebook friends count their millions from online sales of their latest book… all acquired from that beautiful Facebook Business Page.
Instead of comparing our REAL lives to those vacation snapshots we read each day on Facebook, we should take a step back and look at all we have to be grateful for. We have REAL friends who love taking pictures of us that we can NEVER share on Facebook. We have a perfectly imperfect family that gets mad if we talk about them or tag them in any pictures, and we have lived a life filled with wonderful experiences, hurts, and successes, that now enables us to be BRILLIANT and GENEROUSLY share our knowledge and encouraging comments with others on the walls of their lives!
Now go use that airbrush and teeth whitening feature on PicNik, you want your photo to look good when Oprah calls for you to be on her show…broadcasting LIVE from Disneyland!
Gina and her MAGICAL team of Mousekateers help individuals and organizations use today’s technology and social media tools to build that PERFECT business and manage a MAGICAL brand. You can reach Gina on Twitter @GinaSchreck or her glass slipper phone 303-978-0887