Have you ever felt jealous looking at your friend’s pictures from their tropical vacations on Facebook? Then you are not alone!
A German study finds that vacations photos on Facebook cause a lot of envy. Though other pictures can also make your Facebook friends jealous like photos of family happiness, weddings, success, or physical attractiveness, pictures taken on holiday’s causes as much as 56.3 percent of Facebook envy.
Personally, I randomly publish pictures of my vacations on Facebook. There are many reasons for that. When I travel, I like to live in the moment and I am not active on social media, I do not want to invite thieves to my house, and I do not want to annoy my Facebook friends.
Because it can be very annoying to see pictures from the holidays of your friends popping up on Facebook or other social media channels all the time. Especially, if you sit at home, are working hard, are bored, or maybe you have problems to deal with. Then you see pictures of delicious food, on the beach, of cocktail drinks, or in-front of well known buildings. Who do not feel a bit jealous being in this situation? Even me, I have felt sometimes a bit jealous seeing pictures like this.
However, it always passes fast as I know it is not always as it seems in the pictures. I had a couple of friends that posted pictures several times a day of their vacation for one month. It looked like they had the best time in their lives. When they got back home, I asked about the trip. And it seemed like it was rather stressful, with most of the time on buses, almost no sleep, fights and sickness. However, this they posted nothing about on Facebook. I know that life is not as idyllic in reality, as it seems in Facebook. Also I try to be happy for my friends, and I know they are going back to real life very soon. They have problems as well, and deserve their vacation. And I know I have travelled more than most people will ever get the chance to do, and that I think is another reason this vacation pictures do not affect me as negatively as it does for many others.
That things are not always like they seem on pictures on Facebook, can well be illustrated by an experiment made by a Dutch girl that faked a five week trip to South East Asia. She published several pictures on Facebook, most of them photoshopped. Everyone though she was on her trip, but in reality she was in her apartment home in Holland the whole time. Probably making many of her friends jealous when seeing her many “vacation” pictures. At least she proved the point of the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media.
That being said, due to this feelings of jealousy many feel while seeing pictures of their friends on holiday, people that publish many of these pictures, lose Facebook friends. They get unfriended. As well, I see that people often get very few likes and comments on their vacation pictures. And if they post many, they get less and less.
The study also found that people react to these feelings of jealousy by posting about their achievements. In other words, they try to make themselves look better on Facebook. Maybe not a big surprise!?
Most of your Facebook friends will be secretly jealous on your vacation pictures. They will never tell you, but now you know that most of them are. So if you do not want you friends to be miserable, think twice next time before posting your pictures from your vacation.
Do you post many pictures from your vacations on Facebook? Have you noticed friends being jealous of that? Or do you get jealous and annoyed when others put vacation pictures on their Facebook?