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Are your friends honest when they talk about themselves on Face Book?

Are your friends honest when they talk about themselves on Face Book?
I am on Face Book since many years.I used to be quite interested in reading what my friends wrote. I do post there whenever I have something nice to show case but nothing that I cook up. I am selective when accepting friends on Face Book. But it hurts me when they write about themselves that which is not true. Perhaps they know I will not contradict and carry on with their fibs about themselves.

There was this friend who lost her husband. I am very close to that family and know how unhappy she was with her husband. They were almost on the verge of divorce and yet the obituary I read on Face Book made me crawl. Would it not have been better that she did not say anything rather than write things that were not true?

What do these fibbers achieve by writing false things abaout themselves specially those close to them know that they are bluffing. Are they not aware that those who are close to them know they are lying?

Twitter is yet another social networking site where we get to read fake tweets. Yesterday there was a 'truth versus hype' programme where this tv channel exposed these politicians who pay for twitter posts that praise their achievements that do not exist. Everyone knows that most of what one reads is not true and yet the hype continues.

I feel it is time such social networking sites are closed or banned as most of what we read is fake and exaggerated. The only benefit I see is that account holders can advertise or benefit from Ads that they see there.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you also have friends who fib knowing that you will read those stories that are not true? What do you think is the purpose of posting false things. We all go through challenges. Writing about our challenges could give such sites authenticity.

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Comments

Barida
One thing I've come to realize about social media networks is the ways most of the users of these sites paint themselves to be the best around. There are lots of fake lives that sometimes I need to wonder how those people cope with telling lies even on platforms that they have people close to them on.

Just like you said, I don't believe everything I read on facebook for there are many fake lives that are there to the extent that I sometimes get worried about how those cope telling those lies on the internet.
Posted by Barida on 10-25-2017
hermessantos
I agree with you! There are a lot of people who live in the fantasy world and pass by people who are not in reality. Unfortunately Facebook has lost some of its essence of connecting people. Many users are just looking for status, fame, and ever-increasing number of connections that are useless
Posted by hermessantos on 11-04-2017
Denis_P
I can't say that I have too many blatant liars on my Facebook, because I don't really know all of my friends on the same level of intimacy. However, there are some family members in particular which I know very closely, and a lot of their posts don't really match up with who they are in person.

For example, my aunt posts pictures of my uncle talking about how much she loves him and how he is a sweet husband. Meanwhile, whenever we're at her house she's constantly yelling at him, and they get a long more like enemies than husband and wife.

Another one of my uncles constantly posts these compassionate and loving quotes yet he is one of the least compassionate people I know. A lot of people just put up a front.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-26-2017
Scarlet
I had been using facebook but I noticed that most people are just there to post something they just brag about their self. Sometimes I found it irritating that they are posting many nonsense post of anything happened to them. Facebook is just good to connect with friends especially in case we lost their phone numbers, they changed address or they are living abroad.
Posted by Scarlet on 10-26-2017
wallet
I will refer now only to the friends that I know personally and not all the friends I have on the Facebook because most of them are all over the world and I have never seen them and I don't know if they speak the truth or not. Some of my real friends from the Facebook do not speak the truth, they say that they have a high school (but they don't), that they live in one city ( reality is different), they post a job place (some have no job at all), etc.
Posted by wallet on 10-26-2017
Mahshiemonalisa
I don't get on Facebook much anymore. I used to enoy the personal updates friends would share. However, now when I log on, it only seems to be political posts, shared silly videos, articles, or recipes. I don't see as many personal life updates as I used to from friends. In general, I think most people only share the good parts of their lives, or they uncomfortably share too much that is not appropriate for social media complaining, bashing other people, or wallowing in self pity. In general, Facebook feels like a pretty unhealthy place and I try not to engage too much!
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 10-26-2017
amitkokiladitya
Social networking sites are all about show off. Everything that appears on the web and lies far away from reality. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. This old saying holds the best for Facebook. I never trust everything that I see and read there.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-26-2017
babyright
Those that are led by Gods spirit are honest when they talk about themselves on face book while those that are led by the flesh usually tell a lot of lies about themselves on facebook.
Posted by babyright on 10-26-2017
Alexa
The majority of people on social media create a persona. Very few tell the whole story and the same goes for bloggers. The thing is people like to show off on Facebook now rather than share, and I loathe friends who do too many selfies. That's just vanity and arrogance IMHO. I take what people post with a huge pinch of salt because I know when someone is exaggerating for effect.
Posted by Alexa on 10-26-2017
potentialwriter
In most cases, Facebook friends are not really trustworthy as such. I have heard about friends who disguise on Facebook just to achieve some financial advantages. How would you know if a friend is deceiving you, claiming to be a lady while he is a man rather unless you've met each other physically at one time or the other? I am not sure Facebook friends can be relied upon as such especially if it's someone you haven't met before in life. Although in the early years of this platform online, it wasn't like that, things are no more proper these days with the platform unless you know how to play your game well.
Posted by potentialwriter on 10-29-2017
johnrajiv123
Not all. Unfortunately, Facebook became a breeding ground for pretentious people. A lot of people I know on Facebook act and follow different principles in real life. I have a friend who owes me quite a huge amount of money and pays me very minimal. He shows no sincerity and little effort to pay off his debt. What annoys me the most is seeing his photos and posts on Facebook as if he is living the life. Pictures of him dining in fancy restaurants and checking in and out of luxurious hotels are common on his Facebook wall which really drives me crazy. I know that what he does with his life is sure none of my business but I don't think it is appropriate to play billionaire in social media when you have unsettled debts in real life. I guess Facebook is a world where one's unfulfilled dreams in his waking life can come true.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 10-29-2017
Marvadaum
I have quit Facebook many years ago. For several reasons but this definitely was one of them. I saw too many people self-promoting and little things were actually made to prevent this. In that sense I use only Whats app nowadays
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-29-2017
hermessantos
I use Facebook just to join groups of my interest. I think this social network was simply boring. Besides the falsehood of people, the excess of advertisements has also displeased me.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-04-2017
Lizzyib
I don't have Facebook right now. I did years ago and I noticed that my Facebook friends wouldn't lie, but they wouldn't always share the bad things. My whole feed was always filled with good news and happy events. Not many wrote about any of the tragedies. I think that's the way with social media, everyone want to be portrayed as living the perfect life.
Posted by Lizzyib on 10-30-2017
Soulwatcher
OH HECK NO! Almost everyone I know put on a front for facebook. My friends on facebook post pictures of them living as billionaires when in fact I know they are charging up their credit cards and they are in debt up to their ears. And their lives are also not as happy as they post on facebook, matter of fact I know this husband and wife couple that fight 24/7 but on facebook they are always smiling. So the moral of the story is don't believe everything that you drr on facebook.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 10-31-2017
vinaya
Most of the people in my friend list on facebook are real person. My facebook are the people that I have met in real like or the people I have been in touch in virtual world. My facebook friends are the people who are also my friends and followers on other sites. I am not sure whether all of them are true or not. However, the people with whom I interact frequently are honest.
Posted by vinaya on 10-31-2017
Corzhens
My Facebook account is mainly for connecting to my circle, particularly relatives and friends who are residing abroad. Although I have friends there that I don’t personally know, they are few and related to my passion of pets. I don’t find any friends who are exaggerating in Facebook although I know that some of them are not posting the truth about their condition particularly in their job.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-01-2017
kgord
I think the people I know on Facebook are honest. Most of them are friends and relatives and they would not be lying..but I am really getting sick of seeing the same old stuff over and over. I have one relative who posts pics of her activities and her kids every day. Enough is enough! I think I am going to unfollow her because I just am tired of seeing it. I have had to do that with certain people..I kind of wish I could quit Facebook but I am too afraid I might miss something significant.
Posted by kgord on 11-01-2017
kgord
I think the people I know on Facebook are honest. Most of them are friends and relatives and they would not be lying..but I am really getting sick of seeing the same old stuff over and over. I have one relative who posts pics of her activities and her kids every day. Enough is enough! I think I am going to unfollow her because I just am tired of seeing it. I have had to do that with certain people..I kind of wish I could quit Facebook but I am too afraid I might miss something significant.
Posted by kgord on 11-01-2017
Mehano
My friends used to lie about themselves on Facebook back when we were still in high school so a long time ago... but nowadays that we're all in our mid-twenties I honestly don't think that they lie anymore. As you age, you will probably realize that there's literally no point in faking things on Facebook. You don't gain anything at all and anybody that knows you're lying will not find that cool. I very rarely post anything too personal on Facebook anyway.
Posted by Mehano on 11-01-2017
ballyhara
Social media has become a way for people to vent their feelings, or at least the people that I know. I stopped using Facebook, because it was annoying to see people saying what they are doing the whole day, bragging about themselves, or trying to make everyone depressed like they are. So, honestly I just use it for a birthday reminder, play some game, or checking on commercial pages, but not for checking on friends. Also, social media is a great way for creepy people to check on you, and put you on risk to suffer extortion or robbery, at least in my country.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-01-2017
Pixie
I know that some of my friends actually brag on Facebook. In fact she won a beauty contest and ever since she changed to the worst. She keeps on praising herself on Facebook and changes her profile picture everyday. She once lied about doing some voluntary activities. She stated that she volunteers for some benevolent societies and this was fake.
Posted by Pixie on 11-01-2017
jyy
I think a lot of it is a front. Certain people are convinced they have no faults and present a "cool image", while the reality is that mutiny is right under them. However, though, I cannot blame them for talking about the bad, that could be dumb - but on the other hand, maybe they just shouldn't brag and show-off so much.
Posted by jyy on 11-03-2017
lovely
Social Media to me is what it is,a place where people lives double lives or will I say have personality disorder. people tend to showcase what they don't have and say what will never be true.I don't really pay attention to such things because more than 70% of what is posted on Facebook are not true this I know
Posted by lovely on 11-06-2017
Sue
Most of my friends on FB are exactly who they are in real life. I have had a few on my friends list that really make me laugh. I know them quite well in person and who they portray themselves to me in FB is somebody completely different. They want people to think that they are all sweet and innocent and compassionate when they are no where near that type of person. I just laugh when I read the things that they post. Some people are all about the drama too. They are attention seekers so they will put anything on their FB just to attract others. I don't get it. I am who I am and I have nothing to hide.
Posted by Sue on 11-08-2017