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January 12, 2012

Is Facebook Making You Miserable?

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I love keeping in touch with friends and family who I wouldn’t otherwise connect with on a regular basis. I also love it for information-sharing—like when I need a recipe for lobster mac and cheese, or when one of you has a question about the best mascara or where to get your hair colored. And the photos! So much fun. But I hate that Facebook has replaced good old-fashioned communication and—god forbid—actual human contact. It’s passive and impersonal. Don’t even get me started on the people who announce major life events and sensitive news on FB. It wasn’t that long ago that the same person would’ve picked up the phone to tell me they were engaged/pregnant/sick. I don’t want to find out these things along with 467 other people, many of whom you haven’t talked to since high school. Even email is better than Facebook because at least there’s intention behind it. Finally, there’s the noise that Facebook creates, distracting us from real, live moments. How can we be mindful when we’re toggling between work and Facebook, vacation and Facebook, dinner with the love of our life and Facebook? DON’T GET ME WRONG: I adore Facebook in moderation. It’s an utterly genius invention. But I was gripped, affirmed, and depressed by this Huff Po editorial about how it’s making us miserable, and wondered if any of you feel the same way?

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    ABOUT ELIZABETH
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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