Recently, I’ve heard a lot about how Facebook.com is disingenuous. As in, people post all the wonderful things in their life, and everyone is jealous of everyone else while meanwhile each person has their own set of problems not displayed on their public profile. I argue that this observation is as plain as the prodigious proboscis on my face.
Consider for a moment what the purpose of Facebook is. The first step is to dispel the likely misconception that Facebook is for communication. Email, Skype, Facetime, instant messaging, PMs, texting, phones, and actual faces are for communication. Facebook messaging system has all these features covered, but it is not *for* communication.
Facebook is for creating a public profile, a set of data about yourself to be seen by everyone. It’s kinda like a face, on the internet; when someone walks out into the internet streets, your facebook profile is what they see.
Let’s get back to the main point. Facebook is a public representation of yourself much like your physical appearance is in real life. Posting incriminating, embarrassing, or completely mundane information is the equivalent of bad hygiene in public, or its like telling someone all the details of your medical condition when someone politely asks “How are you?”
Expect people to reveal a rosy rendition of average events. It’s what they’re supposed to do. If the problem is a lack of negative information, the solution is concrete communication instead of stalking.— March 2, 2016