I am a surface Facebook user. I pop on about once a day to look at what other people have posted. I love seeing pictures of friends and family from far and near. I don’t post much these days – a link to this blog every now and then. Pictures of my family when we do something fun. I think many people are the same way with Facebook. We post pictures of the good stuff – vacations, events featuring our kids etc. So if you take Facebook as a barometer of people’s lives – it’s pretty good out there. My friends take wonderful vacations, their families always get along, they are the best runners, bake the most delicious things and their kids are always happy and will obviously be the leaders of tomorrow because of all the honors and awards they bring home.
But let’s face it – our lives aren’t really like that. I figure for every smiling family picture I see, there are 10 instances of yelling, fighting and laziness. Sure, we all have things of which we can be proud. Yes, we are all guilty of bragging from time to time but Facebook is not a snapshot of any person’s real life. If it were you’d see things like this:
Going on day #36 of the teen not doing her laundry. Her room is starting to take on a distinct odor of its own.
I did NOT race a half marathon, 5K or triathlon today. I didn’t even workout. I sat at home and ate sour cream cheddar ruffles straight from the bag and read a book.
What a weekend! The kids spent 90% of their waking hours on the couch with various devices in hand and their dad wore out the recliner in the basement.
Today’s after school snack: whatever you can dig out of the pantry. Who has time or energy to bake when it’s 96 degrees outside?
If Facebook were real, you’d hear about the lawn not getting mowed; the times you serve your kids cereal for dinner; the run that turned into a walk because you just didn’t have it in you. I love my online community (I really do) but sometimes, it’s all a bit much isn’t it?