Facebook and the rise of personality disorders


We have always liked to put on a show. It has been a secret desire buried deep inside us. Not a secret anymore, if you are aware of your Facebook notifications while reading this. Most people would like to be seen as beautiful or handsome or smart or other things that make them cool - all the time (which 'was' sadly not possible in real life).  I think Facebook (a more generic term would be Social Media but, lets go with FB for now) has provided that dark room where you can create and project your 'other side'

Take a closer look at your friends' photo albums. Its hard not to notice that professional photography has clearly gained with the rise of FB. There was always a need for pro-photos, but on rare occasions or specific careers. There was no need for a 13 year old teen to get professional help for their profile pictures in order to project a 'sick' image (for the uninitiated: 'sick' has replaced 'super-awesome-cool' in contemporary culture). I feel old as I start to classify 'contemporary' as something I am not a part of. Sad but true. 

Take sharing 'links' on Buzz or Linkedin or FB or Twitter, for instance. The other day I started to discuss Kurosawa's obsession with weather to discover that the person who 'liked' Rashomon had no knowledge or interest his movies. I had to basically opt out of the discussion just to save him the embarrassment (proof that I have begun respecting the social structure around me, although my wife would disagree). 

It's not just people, but internet savvy organizations/ companies/ colleges that leave no stone unturned to create and maintain a better-than-real virtual image. Actually coming to think of it - it was always expected of businesses to promise more than their competitors. This behavior has now translated into the usual social norm. Maybe peer pressure is no longer limited to teens? It is difficult to explain middle-class-families or "in-a-relationship" couples paying for a pro-photo session (even if it was through a Groupon) with the outcome only to be lauded on Facebook.