You know the ones. They are the people who have a “perfect” life. They always look meticulous. Their kids are athletic, brilliant models. The house is decorated for even the most obscure holiday. Their marriage is great, their job is great, and they are philanthropists. NOT.
I happen to know a few people who are lying through their lens, and their posts. Their lives are not even close to what they post on their social media sights.
I saw a commercial recently that even shows people staging their photos. Seriously? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFHbruKEmw
Studies have found over one-fifth of young adults (aged 18 to 24) admit that their online profile bears little resemblance to their real lives. Let’s be honest, plenty of older adults are Facebook fakers, too.
Why do people feel the need to be perfect on social media sites? Are we afraid people won’t like the real us? In our desire to “conform” to what society tries to tell us we should be, have we lost our sense of self. Can we not find the humor in our lives and post honest information?
Of course, you have the other direction, too. People who exaggerate their troubles, or maybe even make them up. Some just for sympathy, others to stir the pot, and still others who are trying to hack your info.
I saw this article about the 7 biggest scams of 2018… https://securityintelligence.com/what-are-the-seven-biggest-social-media-scams-of-2018/
Here are a few tips for Facebook/social media use…
1. Just because it’s on social media doesn’t mean it’s true.
2. Do your research before sharing someone else’s post, make sure it’s accurate.
3. Be yourself. Don’t share every gory detail of your life, and don’t’ over-exaggerate, find a middle ground you can be comfortable with.
4. Avoid conflict and chaos, if you feel the need to call someone out, do it privately.
5. Walk away from the computer and interact with people face to face, they get to know the real you and you get to know the real them.
Facebook is a wonderful tool, when it is used properly.