Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Facebook posts were more real?
Can you imagine what it would be like if people’s posts on Facebook were less false and superficial and more honest?
“Look at this super steak I’m eating!” (“Most of it’s stuck in my teeth and the mushrooms are giving me wind.”)
“My intelligent son passed his chemistry exam!” (“He failed biology, History, Maths & German”)
“This is my cute kitten. don’t I have the most fluffy and adorable pet?” (It threw up all over the kitchen floor this morning and has really bad breath.”)
Here’s a picture of me and my bestie. (She still hasn’t given me back those stilettos I lent her 5 months ago. Cow.”)
“Night night everyone.” (Yes I’m that lonely that I have to log on here to let you know I’m going to sleep.”
I just got promotion1 I’m managing Director now and have 16 staff under me. I stepped over most of them to get the job. I sucked-up to the boss and spread lies about them to make me look good.
“Look I’m at the airport!” (There are thousands of people here doing the same thing so I can’t show off to them.”)
“Hey, we’re about to get onto the plane.” (“I hope you’re reading this even though it’s 2am, because it makes me feel good knowing that tomorrow you’re gonna catch a cold while I catch a tan.”)
“Wow, I ran half a marathon in 20 minutes! Can’t wait to do the 100K because I am so fit!” (“I’ve lost 40lbs. I’ve lost 4 knee ligaments. I’ve lost my mind.”)
“Here’s a magnificent view from our balcony.” (“Nothing to do: hubby’s being boring, kids are playing up and I’m really missing Eastenders.”)
“Look at my beautiful cupcakes. Aren’t I talented?” (“I’ve even managed to cover up the burn marks with a great dollop of icing.”)
Yay! look at all my qualifications. Aren’t I smart? My personality’s awful though. I’ve got a bad temper, I’m very disloyal to my friends, neglective to my children and disrespectful to my elderly parents.
“Check my new website!” (“I’ve not sold anything but it looks impressive, dunnit?”)
“Oh, my sweet babe is off to university! Cambridge of course.” (“He chose there because drugs are easier to get hold of in the south.”)
“Oh, mine is off to Edinburgh to study law!” (“It was the uni farthest away from home because she can’t wait to escape from me.”)
“Yes, I’m lounging by the pool relaxing in the hot sun and when I get too warm, I’m gonna put down my ice-cold cocktail and dip into that clear, blue cool water.” (Not calm at all. It’s too noisy and crowded – I’m wondering if we’ve been burgled and how are we gonna pay for this holiday when we get back? I’ll have to work extra shifts – ugh!”)
“Oh, my little boy is so funny! He said this and said that and said this and said that…” (and I’ve just clouted him because he’s just been insolent.”)
“And this is what I’m having for tea. Yes, I have the most amazing oven and great culinary skills.” (“Husband didn’t like it and toddler spat it out.”)
“This is me relaxing at home in my pretty house that is oh, so tidy. ” (“That brown stain on the wall behind me, which I’m desperately trying to hide, is half the food toddler spat out yesterday.”)
“My little girl is growing up to be such a sophisticated young lady! “She’s got an award for this and a trophy for that and a certificate for the other…” (“Still sucks her thumb and her bedroom is a pigsty.”)
“Hey look, I’m friends with all these celebrities! Looks like I chose the best career path.” (“My life sucks and so does theirs, but someone somewhere must be jealous of me surely?”)
It takes too much effort to try to pretend to have the perfect life. I’m not saying social media should become a platform of misery and woe, but come on, let’s get real – most people have: battled with spots, baby weight, mouth ulcers, hairy legs, thinning hair, an obstinate child, bobbly jumpers, boredom, loneliness, feeling odd in a crowd, lethargy, business failure, flatulence, a horrible restaurant, poor sales on their website, tasteless food, unfulfilled dreams, torn dressing gowns, dry skin, cheap boots, wet socks, miserable children, mediocre school reports, an un-cute baby and disloyal friends.
“…but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me [and acknowledges Me and honours Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:24)
If you regularly visit social media and end up wondering why you feel worse afterwards, know that you don’t really know what’s going on in people’s lives. Don’t take things to heart too much, as humans have a weakness for:
- Attention seeking
- Subtle bragging
- Putting up walls
- Wearing masks
The next time you’re bored or feeling nosey and tempted to log in to see what’s going on, remind yourself you are not missing out on cool conversations – just trivia most of the time. (I’m not talking about specific pages that are helpful, such as charities, medical, life-coaching & psychology.) Instead, try getting a piece of paper and listing 60 things you are grateful for and 70 things you are blessed with that many people around the world are not. You’d be shocked at how quickly you fill up your sheet.
In a nutshell, social sites like Facebook would be more interesting if there were less superficial posts – but as that won’t change, let us change what we do with our spare time.