Checking your friend’s status update and fancy holiday pictures sometimes leads to depression and feeling of dissatisfaction towards life for some individuals…
Whether you wake up in the morning and check your Blackberry phone for the recent updates on Facebook or you are leisurely browsing through your friends’ profiles on Facebook in the evening, you find people updating their status with their latest trips, travel pictures and even updating their status with visits to restaurants, five star hotel outings, cinema outings and weekend plans!
Welcome to the world of online gossip and tidbits of your peer group activities, but if you were to call your friend and ask him about his trip he would probably think twice in divulging the information!
Ada Mehta went to South Africa with her group of friends and from there she is regularly updating her pictures at different locations, her visit to fancy restaurants and her outings with friends. Maybe it’s an achievement for her and a sense of show-off that she is enjoying her trip in South Africa but her friends who read this and are not able to take such expensive trips sometimes feel that they are not in tune with the recent trends.
Come weekend, and people update their status with their outings to fancy coffee-shops, fashion show outings, page 3 parties, brunches and share the pictures online ….this in turn makes their friends feel that they also need to have a similar ‘rocking’ social life.
Dr Mukund Mehta, who gets close to 4-5 complaints everyday about people complaining of unhappiness in life due to comparisons with others and the kind of status updates they see on Facebook feels, that people these days have not learnt to be happy with what they have. He says, “The constant comparisons and exchange of information about holidays, weekend outings and fancy photographs at popular locations around the world are making them feel depressed that whilst they slog and work hard, the others are enjoying their life.
They need to stop getting influenced by such outside forces and yes, social networking sites do add to their woes. Friends in real life do not have time to speak to each other citing busy work schedules as their reason, but they have time to update such information on social networking sites. Our society is only falling prey to material things.”
Misha Trivedi, who recently updated her profile on Facebook with her vacation pictures to Europe feels that “it is about each to his own. If I get a sense of enjoyment showcasing these pictures, I don’t understand why others would be depressed.” But all said and done, there are many individuals today who go through this phase and the only way out is to count your blessings and spend more time enjoying your present moment than spending hours on social networking sites to find out what your friends are upto!