Facebook profiles tell a story. They tell who you are, where you’ve been, what you have done, and what matters most to you. As I was on Facebook within the last hour, several things jumped out at me.
The first look at a person’s Facebook profile is normally the profile picture. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is very true. One picture can say any of the following:
- “I value my relationship with my…”
- “I love this ball team.”
- “I love my kids.”
- “I support this cause.”
It can also say:
- “I want attention.”
- “Let’s see how many people will like this pic of me showing off my muscles.”
- “I wonder how many likes I can get for my little black dress.”
- “I value myself above all others.”
- “I’m using social media to fill a void.”
This one window into your life can tell an accurate tale of who you are. It can also tell the story of who you want to be or the story you want others to think rather than reality. As we walk down the hallway of your profile, we see posts that can reflect joy, depression, frustration, or efforts to impress others with the things you bought with high interest attached to it (aka on credit). The pictures can reflect fun times or memes of how spiritual you are or want others to think you are. These images can even be meant for entertainment or inspiration. Some view it Facebook profiles as reality while a Facebook profile can often be a coverup.
Beginning with me, it’s time to evaluate what our Facebook profiles are really saying. Are they real/desired life on parade, or do they serve a greater purpose? Just some thoughts worth considering.