Is Facebook really Fakebook?

Do you feel less-than-Martha Stewart when a Pinterest search shows cookies shaped like Scrabble pieces?

Or do you get jealous when a few minutes on Facebook reveals your friend's great vacations or the perfect family?

New research might make you feel better.  Dr. Stefan Hofmann says "People use Facebook to compensate for their own deficiencies. Facebook highlights the positive aspects and can cover up the negative parts in you."

Psychology professors combined the work of 22 recent studies.   They found people use social networks for two common reasons.  One: A sense of belonging.    Two: Self-presentation.

Christie Crowder had enough.  She took a break from it all.  Crowder says, "I virtually unplugged from everything just to let my brain breathe."

Taking a deep breathe is Rene Syler's specialty.  She nicknamed herself the "Good Enough Mother".  Syler's written a book and maintains a web site of the same name.   She's tired of the trend she's seen on social media and beyond. 

Syler says, "Social media is a wonderful, wonderful tool, but do you think anyone is going to put their bad foot forward? Of course not. This is not real life.  I always say it's important to parent for the people who matter in your own life and those are the people under your own roof."

If you decide to take a break from social media, let friends know you're about to head off the radar.

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