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Facebook Facelifts: Yes, It’s Really Happening.

The next time you hear someone say that social media doesn’t make a difference in people’s lives, send them this post.  Over the last year, numerous news organizations have been reporting that in India (and other places) people are having elective plastic surgery just to improve their appearance on Facebook.

Think for a minute how much pressure they’re putting on their social media presence, that to make it better, they’re willing to go under the knife.  In India, the pressure comes from the fact that Facebook is being used to find suitable partners for marriage.  And honestly, the numbers of marriages in the U.S. who met on Facebook seems to be rising as well.

Never underestimate the power of association.  In an effort to gain more Facebook “friends” or social media followers, people are willing to do more than you could ever imagine. My question is – is there something missing in their lives that causes them to reach out in such a life-altering way?  Or is it just the next natural step in our social media evolution?

Any thoughts on that?

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  1. It’s about identity. Who you are, who you think you are, who you want to be, and who you want others to think you are.

  2. That’s completely ridiculous. Nobody should think their image on Facebook will make a difference in how people perceive them in real life. It’s all about what’s inside that counts!

    If you don’t want to talk to me because I’m not the prettiest face on the planet, I probably don’t want to talk to you, either. Your priorities are mixed up too bad.

  3. Hugh Mackay in his book ‘What makes us tick’ says that one of the key motivators that drives our behaviour is our need to be taken seriously. We want people to notice us and I can help but think that because our world holds beauty in such high regard, those wanting to be noticed will undergo plastic surgery if they feel it will increase their beauty and in turn people’s attention to them. Social media is a very accessible medium to put ourselves out there and say ‘Look at me!’. If only people knew God has never taken his eyes off of them.

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