Social media has become the holy grail of communication, showing off, remembering birthdays and keeping in touch. However, with the constant need to keep friends, family, and frenemies updated, knocking down your self-esteem has never been easier. Here are the top five posts that you probably see too often and may not even realize stress you out on the daily.
1. OH. MY. GOD. I LOVE MY BOYFRIEND!
Perhaps the easiest way to get a middle finger these days is to put up posts flaunting how spectacular your significant other is. With eye-rolls hitting their peak around the dreaded “Single Awareness Day,” social media has made it incredibly easy for people to publicly declare a new relationship or Instagram a huge bouquet of flowers and gloat to everyone they know… Making those who are in a relationship subjected to comparison and the single folks feeling a little more singular.
2. WHO JUST LANDED THEIR DREAM JOB, GOT A NEW CAR AND HAS TWO THUMBS?!… THIS GUY!
Aka – ‘Like my status and tell me how much of a baller I am.’ Sometimes modesty has no conscience when you’re just feeling on top of the freaking world. And while we’d all like to think the majority of the world wants to see their friends succeed, sometimes posting a picture of your new grand achievement serves more as a kick in the ass than a push of motivation.
3. SCORE! OWNED ALL MY FINALS AND ENJOYING THE BEACH (WHILE YOU’RE ROTTING IN THE LIBRARY)!
I’m sure we all love this one. It’s Monday or Tuesday of finals week, you’re barely a day into studying for that Friday final, you take a quick Facebook break, and see that your buddy has just posted a status about wasting away at the beach. Thanks @$$hole.
4. CHECK OUT MY 500 PICTURES FROM MY RECENT VACATION!
Please show me how much fun you’re having overseas and don’t forget to show me all of the delicious food you’re eating too! Being constantly exposed to vacation pictures has been proven to wreak havoc on the emotions. The reason is pretty obvious; while they’re showing off how much fun they’re having sipping mimosas, you’re probably sitting in front of your work dreaming about your next big getaway.
5. I HATE TODAY. IT IS RAINING, MY CAT DIED, I GOT DUMPED, I GOT ANOTHER PARKING TICKET, FAILED MY MIDTERM, AND SLIPPED IN DOG POO. FML.
Ah yes, we end the piece on a starkly different note, featuring statuses that remind you that your life may not be all that bad because somewhere out there is someone ready to book it off a cliff. Although FML may have created a popular trend with self-victimization, honestly, what do you expect me to say when you outline all the reasons your life is plummeting to Hell? I hardly think an “I’m sorry, feel better” is going to solve your problems.
How do you usually respond to these types of posts and what other fabulous Facebook statuses piss you off or stress you out? Let us know and comment below!