One of the things I find so interesting about social media is the close up and personal view they provide of human behavior…in its rawest form.
It’s surprising how unguarded people are about what they post. It’s as if they don’t understand how much of themselves they reveal. And here’s what I’ve noticed:
Unicorns & Rainbows
There’s a group of people who simply do not want their “friends” to complaint about their health. They have no patience with posts about constantly not feeling well. Or falling on any kind of hard times. I call them the Unicorns and Rainbow Crowd because they don’t hesitate to respond in rather nasty and impatient ways to “friends” who post about chronic pain, chronic illness or anything else that doesn’t reflect a perfect life. Back in my day, those kind of people would say Don’t harsh my mellow. We were all about the smiley face.That’s what this crowd would say if they could.
But for God’s sake don’t be TOO perfect because there’s another whole crowd who simply can not tolerate THAT.
How dare you be happy?
This other group doesn’t like to see posts in which people are super happy. Maybe it’s super in love or the kids are accomplishing something cool or folks are getting great jobs or even taking big vacations. No, don’t you dare post about your fabulous life if you’re happy because, well, you are showing off how happy you are. And we don’t want to read about your beautiful life because we COMPARE. And when we compare we come up short.
Isn’t human behavior fascinating?
So, you can’t be too miserable and you can’t be too happy, so maybe all you can do to make everyone happy is post cute cat and dog pics.
But don’t let that bother you.
Here’s the thing: your life is your life, no matter what it is. Painful, happy, or something in between, it’s your authentic life.
So post away, kids. Tell us about your life: good, bad or indifferent.
And to the haters unicorns and rainbow crowd, well, get a grip. Life isn’t unicorns and rainbows for everyone. And to those who can’t stand to hear about the good fortune of others? Get a grip. Or rather, stop comparing your life to that of others. The good fortune of others has nothing to do with you. Nothing.
And oh by the way…some of us curious folk observe what you do on Facebook and are drawing our own conclusions.
Yes, human behavior is so interesting, isn’t it?