Another Perspective Post
Lately I’ve found myself more easily upset by the things I see on Facebook. I can’t tell if that’s because I’m becoming more mature or I’m just developing a more cynical side. On one hand, I understand that what you say online, whether on Facebook or on a blog, is totally up to you. On the other hand, it seems logical to assume that the more you say, the less of a filter you have, and you therefore have higher chances of making a contradiction, saying something ridiculous, or otherwise embarrassing yourself.
While specific screenshots and examples would undoubtedly add to the effectiveness of this post, I won’t include any because 1) It’s much easier to agree with, and not be offended by, general ideas than specifics and 2) there are too many to choose from.
What gets me the most is the sheer unimportance of most of the things that pop up on my top news. When someone logs into their “social network” and sees post after post of teenage angst and silly complaints, I think it’s entirely likely that those kind of thoughts become more “real” and acceptable. Not by any conscious logical decision, but just because we see so much of it.
By putting ourselves into a network where the norm is so shallow, I think far too many of us are losing the perspective to sort out the things that truly matter from the things that don’t.
"Don’t sweat the small stuff." That’s good advice. But when you surround yourself with people nitpicking their little problems, it takes less and less for your own problems to seem big.
I guess maybe it’s time to log out of Facebook for a while.
Besides, tumblr is more fun anyway.