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Do other people's Facebook posts make you feel like you're missing out in life?

Great article about how social media is affecting our happiness.


TheoryNumber3 8 Aug 18
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Simplest answer of all..... No

IamNobody Level 8 Aug 27, 2019

Sometimes it does but that is because I don't really have the time or money to travel a lot. I actually enjoy travelling by myself and would do so a lot more if I could. I also don't care about the people who post every single drama or headache on their page or even worse the daily pictures of their cats or the same tired memes that 25 other people have posted. I find I'm spending a lot less time on FB because overall it actually annoys me.


If I need to talk to family I call . I post very little about my personal life . I find like minded local people . I don't pay a lot of attention to braggarts cats and baby posts . I really like the people here on agnostic . com .

Besalbub Level 8 Aug 22, 2019

Without reading the article, I can still definitely say YES to this idea. I have unfollowed (NOT unfriended) a large number of people on Fbook, either because of too many Jesus postings or because it depressed me to read stories that showed lives that were so much happier than mine. I need to learn to take this stuff (the "we have such a blissful life" stuff) with a grain of salt. The Jesus stuff I will continue to avoid.

P.S. I just realized that Facebook is like getting the awful Christmas card letter ("look at all the great stuff in our lives" ) EVERY. DAMN. DAY.

citronella Level 7 Aug 20, 2019

citronella, or yes, the dreaded Christmas letter. Borrrrrrring! Just a bunch of boasting.


Facebook, Instagram and many other big-tech names collect every shred of information you post on the web. Every purchase you mention, every friend, every location, every website you visit, everything. And then they sell it to anyone and everyone who will pay them. Neither their privacy settings nor any privacy app will protect you on FB. Posting on FB is like putting up a billboard on the Interstate. Jus' sayin'.

MojoDave Level 9 Aug 18, 2019

I think if Facebook starts effecting your happiness in anyway it's about time to put it away for a while. Social media can be quite hard on the head also.

Gambles Level 3 Aug 18, 2019

Facebook can make anyone feel like they're missing out. Even some of my non-introvert friends with more active social lives have told me they can feel intimidated. A lot of it is about "look at me, look at me, look at how fabulous and exciting my life is!" Something I read somewhere that made a lot of sense (I'm paraphrasing): we compare our inner lives with everyone else's outer life. When in reality, everyone struggles, has doubts, and is far from perfect. But especially if I'm feeling particularly vulnerable, being on Facebook will only reinforce that.

bleurowz Level 8 Aug 18, 2019

I'm going to remember that.... comparing our inner lives to everyone else's outer life. I love it. Thank you


I unfollow almost everyone on FB. So many people show pictures to tell everyone - look at where I went, look at what I bought, look at what I did. Being single, plain looking and a working stiff, it is easy to feel inferior and downtrodden when seeing people brag like this. I even unfriended a very old friend, going back to 1966 - she married a rich man and bragged constantly about the stuff she bought and all of her European vacations - she would also send the bragging messages to me by private message. So, removing her from FB list was the best thing to do. She knew I could not afford all the stuff she bragged about. I was hurt that she would rub my nose in it. But .... sadly, some nice people suddenly turn into snobs when they come into money.

SKH78 Level 8 Aug 18, 2019

Exactly, Dan

@dan325 Agreed.


I can't keep up with my animals and my kids, much less the Jones whether online or in person. It's an addiction, some people can't let go. Glad that's not one of my problems. Too many other meaningful issues to fit this in 😊. Now I'm gonna go hide in the corner before the someone notices...

All joking aside, I had several argument with my ex over this. About how I didn't want the kids on any social media platform until they were mature. Maybe 18 or so. However, she lived for the gossip and social scene, and quickly the kids were the same way. It was depressing to watch, with no way of stopping it. It ended like watching a train wreck in slow motion


Any more, I only use Facebook for the market place and some groups that I’m interested - I hardly look at what friends might post.

Haemish1 Level 8 Aug 18, 2019

My social media is limited to I avoid Facebook and Instagram like the plague and generally don't do much elsewhere either. Best way to avoid all the problems.

MojoDave Level 9 Aug 18, 2019
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