Facebook makes people feel inadequate
Around a third of Britons believe that they are not living up to their full potential, but that figure rises to more than half (56 per cent) among people who use social media, according to the study.
Young men are likely to feel it the worst.
One in three men aged between 25 and 34 wish that they were more like the person they described themselves as on social media, than the one they are in real life.
The study of 5,000 Britons was carried out by the Future Foundation, a trend forecasting firm, which found that people felt down about their own lives because they were forever judging themselves against other people’s apparent success.
Unsurprisingly, many were worried about the way they look, whilst others are concerned that they are not successful enough in their careers, or that they are simply not happy or busy enough.
I’m not surprised by this at all. It seems to me that most people, based on how they use Facebook, must believe that the purpose of it is to brag about how great they are doing, and to show pictures of their vacations and other SWPL-approved activities. One gets the impression that it’s not OK to spend your free time watching TV, reading blogs, or playing videogames, which makes you a loser.
I suspect that Facebook has been a great boon to the travel industry, because a lot of people are probably going on expensive vacations to avoid the feeling of being a loser because everyone else is posting pictures of their expensive vacations.