I recently heard a story on the news that facebook is causing people to feel depressed. Supposedly, all the fun parties and happy occasions makes people feel like their lives are inadequate.
I have to admit, I’ve noticed this myself, and wondered how everyone could be so happy all the time.
Since fb is an enormously public venue, why would anyone want to air their dirty laundry?
I even recall specific incidents when I left facebook feeling down. Some relatives were getting together without us. Sometimes they’d invite us as an after thought, at the last minute, when we already had plans. In each instance, I’d read all about the fun they had without us.
This leads me to another reason why some people might feel down or depressed. Maybe they feel cut-off from others. While technology is wonderful in so many ways, it also causes less human contact. Facebook made me feel like I was eavesdropping on other peoples lives, but not really a part of them. Not to mention, they weren’t a part of my life either. They stopped calling and even stopped emailing. People seem to think that reading about others on fb is enough.
I’m not writing about this because I don’t like facebook, nor am I going to close my account. I just think it’s important to identify these things, and make sure we stay in physical contact as well. It’s nice to get a hug on occasion, and I don’t mean the cold online brackets hug, but the warm, human contact kind.
I also brought up the topic because, as much as I like to be positive and joke around, I’ll likely be real and post when life isn’t fair on occasion too.
Sometimes life throws us curb balls, and it’s okay. It’s all about the journey. My dog Piezon taught me that one. He was always so very filled with joy on our journeys together, but once we arrived, he’d look at me like, “Okay, we made it. What’s the next journey?” He enjoyed the journey so much more than the destination.