If Our Facebook Profiles Were Real Life, We’d All Be A-List Hollywood Stars

Open up Facebook on any given day and you will likely see friends diving into exotic waters, people checking-in to far flung airports or others posing for photos with celebrities. We all tend to put our best foot forward when it comes to Facebook and social media in general, and only share the stuff that makes us look amazing.

We’re all obsessed with image and we curate our profiles obsessively to make sure that it looks like we are having the best time in the world. Of course, the reality is probably totally different with us all trudging to work 9-5 in the rain with only the weekend to look forward to along with the other 99 per cent of the population.

We all create an illusion of ourselves online. If our profiles were real life, we would be movie stars or Formula 1 drivers living rock star lifestyles. We skim hundreds of photos to find the one that makes us gorgeous looking. It’s all completely superficial, but given how big a part of our overall identity that our Facebook profile makes up, we place more weight on it now than ever. When I was talking to two girls recently, they told me that they would much rather give out their mobile number than their Facebook profile. The logic being that a series of digits would reveal very little about them and they wouldn’t even have to answer, but that accepting that friend request would more or less reveal everything and leave nothing to the imagination.

So if we are all out there creating superficial online images for ourselves, is this something that is healthy? Can we be one person in the real world and create a parallel existence for our online persona that only cherry picks the best part of our lives? Will people mostly be disappointed when they meet you for real when it turns out that you are not an international jet setter who parties with good looking people all the time?

I’ve often felt disappointment at meeting people I ‘know’ from Twitter in the real world. Online they are hilarious, rude, mouthy and full of wit, but in the real world, some can’t string a sentence together or hold a conversation. The flip side of the argument is that I would never have met those people had it not been for online tools bringing us together, but with people spending more time socializing in an online setting, is it healthy that our online and offline personalities are so far apart?

Have you noticed a big difference in the personality people portray online compared to in the real world?

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