Wednesday, May 7, 2014

But I'm Really Great On Instagram

Whenever I run into someone I haven't seen in a long time, the normal catch-up conversations from the good ole' days of 2008 where I'd list what I was up to and tell them about every guy and friend in my life are long gone. They've now been replaced with "You look like you're having a ton of fun on Facebook." Or, "You always seem to be doing fun things on Instagram." The thought that immediately follows in my mind (that I of course keep to myself) is that if they knew that most nights conveniently omitted from Insta, as I like to call it, are me curled up with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc watching BRAVO and shopping on before I start to cry. Okay, most of the time I don't cry but I probably want to.

Now, bare with me because I promise at some point there's going to be a thruline and this paragraph will make sense with the previous one. When one of my friends was dating a guy and he stopped calling as frequently, she told me she purposely posted on Twitter a lot more so he would see all of her updates and think that she was super busy. Basically she was curating her social media to try to elicit some kind of emotional response from someone who wasn't emotionally responding to her. I never told her, because I didn't want to be a total cunt but I thought that was SO stupid. First of all, I feel like there has to have been some study that I heard about on The Today Show or read about on Jezebel that proved that people who frequently use social media are usually depressed, don't have people to do things with, and are trying to connect socially since they're having problems doing it in real life. Whether or not that half-assed paraphrase is true or not--  I feel like it makes sense.

So now we're back to the first paragraph. I never intentionally tried to make it look like I was living a fun life (especially because in reality I wasn't) but I have to say that my friend's tactic totally popped into my head the other week. An ex had added me on Facebook and we were supposed to get together and he hadn't reached out again to actually set up the date so I thought, "Hmm maybe if I pop up in his feed it will jog his memory. And if it just so happens to be a photo of me with some gal pals where I'm rocking a 2000 Britney Spears-esq body that probably wouldn't hurt. So there. I'm guilty. Oh, but by the way- still haven't heard from him.

So no matter how great you or your life may look on social media it won't necessarily help your romantic life. Do you guys ever post pictures to look like you're having more fun than you are or to make your exes jealous?


  1. Love this post! I have friends who constantly post pictures of themselves at every single social event they attend. I don't get it. When I'm out with my girlfriends or husband, I never feel the urge to post pictures of ourselves on the internet. maybe it's because i'm too busy staying home posting pictures of my dog.

  2. While out socialising, I used to think it was a bit sad that people were out posing for their Facebook photos. As if to tell the world, 'Look at me, I have a life!'

    But recently I got blown off by a guy that I liked and I've started doing the same thing! 'Hey, look at what you're missing, boy!' (I'm not too obvious about it, but I have an ulterior motive!)