(April's personal photo. Used with permission. Thanks!)
My friend April doing couple's Acro Yoga with her hubby Gary. (You can read about them here.)
My first thought was, "Acro yoga? That's a thing?"
My second thought was, "Totally freaking cool."
Then, "I need coffee."
Finally, "Why can't I be that cool? Or sexy? Or flexible?"
Of course, I've never been cool or sexy. If this were TLC's famous album, I'd definitely be in Left Eye's spot. And I haven't been flexible since Daria was on MTV. But that picture got me thinking about a story I heard on NPR (look, I stated I wasn't cool) about the effects of Facebook on many of it's users. Seems many people wind up feeling pretty crappy about themselves compared to their many "friends" who always take beautiful pics, have wonderful vacations, cute kids and oh-so fabulous lives.
For people with low self-esteem, Facebook can be very unfriendly. Some believe it can even cause depression. Or maybe it's just full of narcissists. I think there's really something to that last one because, quite frankly, I'm a bit of a narcissist. I scrutinize photos of myself way too much, wonder why only one person liked my amazingly witty status update (the first of the day!) and ponder why some dude I took American Transcendentalism with nearly a decade ago hasn't accepted my friend request.
One thing can be certain, though. While Facebook may be making some of us loony, it's definitely making Mark Zuckerberg stinking rich.