We could all just be lying about what we really think of friends and family on social media:
Bottom Line: Social media does tend to be an eclectic mix of emotions. Some people error on the side of spilling all of their feelings (often far more than many would prefer). Others, most, will attempt to make their day-to-day life seem a lot better than it actually is. Pictures of everyone having a great time. Always smiling. adventurous - wow life's great right? We know better.
According to a former Google data scientist to CNBC, there's a significantly different way that people communicate on social media compared to other mediums and what they search for online - that's vastly different. One of the most fascinating examples of this came when women described their husbands on a social platform. The most common adjectives/descriptive phrases used were:
- the best
- my best friend
- the greatest
However the adjectives mostly commonly search on Google by those same wives were:
- a jerk
So aside from those who apparently do believe they have an amazing husband - there really isn't a lot of reality taking place with these women. Other research showed plenty of other examples that showed a similar thing. If you go on Facebook and think that everyone else seems to have a better life than you...it's probably not real - so there's no need to feel worse about your life. Also if you know that your relationship could be better, be careful not to be lulled into complacency based on what's being said about your marriage on Facebook.