Actually, I found it really annoying.
Which is why I dropped it. I got tired of all the friend requests and the writing on the wall crap. As it is, I have a hard time replying to comments on my blog - in addition to monitoring them, as well as answering emails promptly. I spend far too much time online as it is, and for what? Trivial pursuit. Today I spent about 15 minutes apologizing to people because I forgot to add emoticons or "LOL's" to my jokey emails, until I decided I was wasting my time. There comes a point when one simply can't take the blame because someone I hardly know got their feelings hurt. Oops! I did it again. Was it something I said Ms. Spears?
So anyway - Facebook makes people sad. Too bad. The so-called study claims it is due - in part - to the fact people feel bad that their lives aren't as happy and fun as those Facebook BFF's who post happy photos and good times:
Facebook photos generally depict smiling, cheerful people having good times, conveying a sense of happiness. Of course everyone likes to smile for the camera, so that good cheer may be inflated or false. As others view the photos, they may believe this conveyed sense of intense happiness is real, making them think that their friends are much happier than they are.These same people were probably raised in front of a TV set and bombarded with television shows full of deliriously happy people, not to mention all of those ads full of people peeing their pants over some product that is supposed to make them happy and fulfilled if they buy it/use it. We are numskulls, aren't we.
Yep. But do you know what is really going on here? At least what I think is going on in most cases? I'm thinking it is related to the Commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" as well as the Tenth Commandment which narrows it down - You shall not covet . . .
2540 Envy represents a form of sadness and therefore a refusal of charity; the baptized person should struggle against it by exercising good will. Envy often comes from pride; the baptized person should train himself to live in humility:
- Would you like to see God glorified by you? Then rejoice in your brother's progress and you will immediately give glory to God. Because his servant could conquer envy by rejoicing in the merits of others, God will be praised.329 - CCC
DISCLAIMER: I may be wrong of course. I'm often wrong. I make mistakes in judgment. I'm an envious, jealous person, and you all make me really sad. Kidding! LOL! ;) That's not true. What? Well I did mean it when I said I might be wrong - but the rest is just a joke.
Art: The deliriously happy housewife.