February 5, 2011

On fat exes

The say goes: "Nobody is as ugly as in their passport picture, and nobody is as beautiful as in their Facebook photo".

I have been considering for a few weeks now to abandon Facebook. There are, I lie to myself, many reasons for staying. Facebook has not only a sense of connectedness, but may also have a strong impact on the mood.

There is a suggesting article on Slate called "Is Facebook making us sad?". The author, Libby Copeland, writes:
The human habit of overestimating other people's happiness is nothing new, of course. Jordan points to a quote by Montesquieu: "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are." But social networking may be making this tendency worse.

At the end he goes:
You will never be as consistently happy as your Facebook friends, because nobody is that happy. So remember Montesquieu, and, if you're feeling particularly down, use Facebook for its most exalted purpose: finding fat exes.

Do NOT try to find fat exes! I found this:

 A perverse premonition was reading Susan Sontag last night. I swear she was whispering in my ear: "It is a nostalgic time right now, and photographs actively promote nostalgia". Beware!

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