Ever come across comedian J.P. Sears? He likes to poke fun at, well... everything. I remember once he posted the following status update.
I've got big plans today. I'm going to look at other people's profiles and compare their lives to mine.
Facebook enables us to connect with others, but it also has a dark side. It's natural to compare ourselves to others. It's part of the ancient software running in our heads. Back in the day, jockeying with other cave men and women was important for the survival of our gene pool. But just as the modern world makes it too easy to over-eat, Facebook makes it too easy to compare yourself to others. What makes it an especially debilitating practice is that you are comparing the messy innards of your life to the carefully curated outsides of somebody else's.
So what should we do about it? It's an interesting topic, and one that I'm going to discuss over future blog posts.