We live in a culture absolutely obsessed with perception. Our lust for social media proves this, since much of social media is more about perception, and less about reality. Is your Facebook profile a complete picture of who you really are? Or is it how you want to be perceived?
Take my homemade Facebook diagnostic:
But there is a fine line between healthy self-disclosure and obsession with perception. Quite simply, obsession with perception is vanity. We all obsess over how we are perceived. “Do people like me?” “Respect me?” “Admire me?” Vanity obsessively desires attention and admiration from others through appearance, qualities, abilities, or achievements.
I’m not suggesting you abstain from Facebook. Just consider, “Why am I posting this?” OK, I’m going to post some pictures of my kids to show everyone how cute they are and how awesome I am.