Facebook definitely has huge benefits. It’s a great way to communicate with old friends or family that we don’t get to see that much. It’s great advertising for an up and coming business. It’s also a great memoir to look back on, with all the pictures we upload.
Facebook also causes a false reality. Facebook is a chance to show others how “perfect” your life is. Subconsciously, I think we want to show others that we are better than them in some way. Facebook shows our life is filled with friends, family and experiences. It causes envy and unrealistic expectations in our life. I am sure you have heard of the saying, “Keeping up with the Jones.” Facebook is a modern representation of this concept. We always become envious just because someone else may have something we don’t have.
I have been envious of “friends” on facebook before. Look what that couple is doing, they just went to Europe, New York and Hawaii all within a couple months. Look at that family-a stay at home mom, a dad with a great paying job and three gorgeous kids. Look at that woman-she looks amazing after her baby, I am 5 months post partum and still haven’t lost any weight. Facebook makes everyone look like they have it all together and their life is perfect.
I have been just as guilty as everyone else as making Facebook my own painting for people to admire. Don’t get me wrong I am extremely blessed with an amazing husband, baby girl, wonderful family and friends. But that doesn’t mean my life is perfect and I don’t struggle with problems. That picture I post might look decent, but it took me about 20 selfies and filters before I actually posted it. This Facebook portrayal is not just a fake painting we portray to others, it creeps into our own personal sense of reality. We start masking our own hurts and struggles under the false expectation our society brings.
I have been reflecting on the false reality Facebook brings to the world. I am a Christian and want to portray what a Christian really looks like. In recent decades our churches have portrayed Christians as being “perfect.” This “perfection” has caused others to believe that Christians are fake and not genuine. Christians are so far from being perfect. That is why we need Jesus. We have enormous faults and struggles just like everyone else-sometimes more than a non-believer. The only difference between us and someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus is that we place our faults and sins on Jesus. He is our comforter and our strength when we screw up. We have someone eternal to take our struggles. We have the freedom of forgiveness that only Jesus can provide.
I am trying to work on portraying to others my entire and true self. I don’t want anyone to ever think I have it all together because I don’t.