Facebook lies

Today I am going to have a cyber makeover by updating my Facebook profile picture. With the click of a button, you are going to see me in my favourite blue dress, perched perfectly on security rails with blue skies and cotton wool white clouds cascading behind me. Ah don’t I look lovely? Before you answer, I have to let you know that this flattering picture of perfection is a departure from the current state of affairs. It was taken 14 months ago and bears minimal semblance to the girl typing who is suffering from tangled hair and post adolescence pimples.

When I first signed on to Facebook, it was with caution and trepidation. Two years later, I have been sucked into this vortex of narcissism where I view my profile picture as my mirror. Don’t judge me if your album just shows your pre-pregnancy pictures or your pre-beer belly photos. The seductive illusion gets worse when it spills into your social life. If your Facebook page is filled with Jpeg clips of parties, weddings, and festivals, people buy the lie that you must have a booming social life. You could be at home bored out of your mind hoping even a telemarketer would call, but your albums have created the idea that you live a charmed, champagne popping lie life.

Naturally, the charm flows into our social network because Facebook has redefined friendship as we know it. Thanks to Facebook ‘friends’, even the most anti-social people appear to be Mr. Famous and Miss Congeniality. According to my Facebook page, I have 600+ friends, but I can admit that only 1% of that number are what I will call friends. Today Facebook has become the yellow pages of our lives. We use it to find friends and plumbers or to announce births, deaths and divorces. Changed employers? Update your Facebook. Just got hit by a truck, go on Facebook and describe the pain on your status.

If I could leave everything behind and take only one thing from Facebook, I would take the Hide button. Recently, a girl sitting next to me on a Megabus asked ” That is a really pretty picture. Who is she?”
“Oh that is me” I purred. “No WAY” she concluded emphatically. I was too shy to defend myself, I only wished I could reach for the Hide button.

10 thoughts on “Facebook lies

  1. Hahahaha Amma how could you be so blunt ok why are you talking about me to the whole world??? answer me. ….. Thansk for the read – Good laugh

  2. Interesting blog there, you bluntly divulge what we all think in the back of our minds when ever we sign in. The "Zombification" of the mass.
    Facebook however, has it's blessings, when you finally see the family you've not seen in ages. Even an old picture soothes the soul. just for a split second we get the upperhand on facebook, then we get sucked into the lies people wants us to see and judge them by. Just this morning i visited the page of one of the fallen heroes, wanted to leave a tribute, but when i saw all the comments and the get home safe wishes on his wall, I wished he updated his status to Deceased where ever he was. 
    The lady in the blue dress is not the true reflection of the person typing the caption, but as long as i get a comment in to get her attention, i'm good. Maybe next time she'll be wearing a red dress, and will poke me, and that will be the highlight of my day. You look good cuz :)

    • Mosqui, My love for you never dies. Thanks for reading, you mention some salient points. Facebook has some good aspects that we all benefit from. I guess it is how you use it ain it. keep coming back.

  3. This is so true…. I have come to learn not to take everything that happens on facebook as reality. I have friends who's relationships are in turmoil however everyday they update their status to say how wonderful life is. I mean who are they trying to deceive?

    I mean why are people who are married trying to convince the whole world they are happy by talking to each other through FB when they are  supposed to be living in the same house. Things like morning babe, miss you, you looked soo good in bed this morning…surely should be kept private!!! Then again as someone said, nothing is real until its on facebook.
     
    my favourite clip of facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/video/video.php?v=386443877426

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