So I saw this article a few days ago People who post their fitness routine to Facebook have psychological problems, study claims. It claims that people who post updates on their fitness regime are narcissists. This irked me, not because I think it’s wrong but more because it misses the entire point of social media. Everything you post on social media is narcissistic. Those pictures of your lunch, drinks in the airport, your lovely baby, your car, that highly interesting piece from the Economist, that pseudo-intellectual, quasi-political poetry… ahem.. all of it.
So sharing about your fitness is a sign of an unhealthy ego,
that maybe all too often your mother hugged you,
all those years ago.
It’s really not all that different
-from the rest of my Facebook wall.
Sunday brunch photographs, and diatribes on football.
Weekday holiday check-ins and cocktails by the pool.
and those club bathroom selfies grinning like a fool,
Boasts of doing Yoga and finding inner light,
and pictures of brand new cars, effusing in delight.
The “look at my cute baby, cuter than you know whose,”
and the “look at me I’m so fun, last night I drank this much booze.”
Couples showering each other with public displays of affection,
and attention grabbing statements begging for interjection.
You can’t separate ego and social media, they are one and the same.
So get back to sharing cat pics and quit with all the shame.