I recently read a study conducted by Stanford University about how Facebook makes people sad. It was an interesting article (although a year and a half old now) about how we interact with social media and the implications of living online. I read it, didn’t think much about it for a long time, and then found myself wondering about it again recently. I find that I spend more time than I should on social networks sometimes. I spend more time than I would like looking through other people’s pictures and posts, sometimes longing for what they have, whether it’s the perfect family, the perfect vacation spot, the best looking house in the neighborhood, etc. I want there to be something more than what I have. The reality is, however, this:
I have a great life.
I have a lovely home that is well within our budget. We have no other debt. I have a husband who is amazing and who loves me so unconditionally that I don’t even really understand how I could deserve him. I have awesome parents and siblings. I have great friends who I don’t see enough, but I still know would be there for me in a heartbeat. I have an awesome little dog, who has taught me so much about what it means to love something so deeply. I have a good job, with great coworkers. I get to work with awesome companies and am creating a network of people who (kind of) do the same thing we do.
I think social networks can be awesome things; I’ve reconnected with a lot of friends and family through Facebook. I’ve met new people and had a lot of fun. At the same time, it’s important for me, especially, to remember that it’s just one thing – and it’s not the only thing. I can’t let the random snapshots of others…because, really, who takes pictures of the less that wonderful times anyway?