It turns you into an obsessive, jealous type
Facebook’s been linked to anxiety and depression several times (fun!), but now there’s a study explaining what that link is: jealousy.
Surveying more than 1,000 Facebook users at a German university, the authors found that users felt envious and inadequate from looking at friends’ timelines (and travel photos in particular).
And that’s probably why we’ll keep seeing epicurean cheeseburger porn and quintessential “feet and beach” shots in our news feeds forever. Participants admitted to posting in order to keep up appearances, because of jealousy from other people’s (equally curated) photos.
Well played, Facebook. You’ve created a vicious cycle.
Get on the self-esteem roller coaster
Facebook is kind of like putting on 3D goggles and trying to walk by mirrors and through rotating tubes, which is really an amusement park attraction, and is insanely difficult. But take off those glasses and you realize it’s all just an illusion.
That’s the takeaway from cellphone maker HTC’s recent survey, which found that two-thirds of people posted images intended to make themselves seem more adventurous.
Real life often doesn’t match up to what’s on a timeline. Travel bloggers are perfect examples. Remember the couple on Instagram who jumped off cliffs and trekked along fjords, but had to make ends meet scrubbing toilets? There's a metaphor in there somewhere.
Pinch yourself, people. Those “looking over a mountain at sunset” shots don’t always tell the whole story.