Did you know that the most prominent emotion that people feel when they are browsing through their Facebook news feed is jealousy?
I’m sure you’ve felt it before, I certainly have.
It comes as a result of comparing yourself to others, which we all do.
However, we need to stop it because it’s damaging our mind set and our psyche.
What’s REALLY happening on Facebook?
Everyone seems to be having a great time don’t they?
When you are scrolling through Facebook you get the impression that everyone is having this great life that you seem to be missing out on.
New car, new TV, new kids, new clothes, new experiences, new tan, new home.
How come hardly anyone posts the mundane everyday boring stuff? Because it’s not that exciting. It’s not ‘news worthy’.
Most people post stuff on Facebook to express themselves, and what this new ’thing’ says about their lifestyle and choices.
It’s about them, not you. Please remember this simple and very important point.
You’ve got two solutions
You can take what I think is the best approach and celebrate this new experience with your Facebook friends and make them feel good about it. Comment on their updates and tell them that their new car looks amazing and that you can’t wait to get a spin. Tell them their new games console is the best and you can’t wait have a shot. Tell them their new nails look amazing and ask where they got them done.
Be a positive influence.
Or you can do the exact opposite, especially if the feelings you get are overwhelmingly negative and depressive. Delete the posts from your newsfeed, unfollow people and perhaps consider getting away from Facebook for a while…maybe forever. Close your laptop, switch off your devices and get out of the house for a while.
Don’t let yourself creep into the jealous and depressive nature of Facebook. I have witnessed first h and verbal negative comments as a result of a simple Facebook update, and it’s not healthy.
Facebook can be a wonderful place but it’s all about how you react to what goes on around you.
- Have you ever felt jealous of others when scrolling through Facebook?
- How do you overcome Facebook jealousy?
- What’s the best way to share what’s going on in your life without coming across as if you are trying to show off?
Let me know by joining the conversation in the comments section below.
Don’t forget to be awesome!