The Loneliness of Social Networking

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/01/the_antisocial_network.html

Facebook, and other social media sites, are killing us softly. Social comparison is an unavoidable facet of life, but Facebook users tend to show only the most positive aspects of their lives. In turn, this leads people to assume that their lives are much less positive than those of their peers.

To quote the article, “we might do well to consider Facebook profiles as something akin to the airbrushed photos on the covers of women’s magazine. No, you will never have those thighs, because nobody has those thighs. You will never be as consistently happy as your Facebook friends, because nobody is that happy.”

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