June 25, 2014 2:24 pm

Viral video calls out users for fake social media status updates


TORONTO – Scrolling through your Facebook news feed can be a bummer.

Whether you are at that time in your life where your entire feed consists of friends getting married or having babies, or you feel like everyone is getting a promotion at work but you, we are all guilty of feeling the so-called “Facebook depression.”

But what if your friends aren’t as happy as they seem?

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An eye-opening short film titled What’s on Your Mind? is calling out social media users out for the fake online behaviour.

“Facebook can be depressing because everyone else’s lives are better than yours,” reads the description of the video on YouTube. “But are they really?”

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The video shows the stark contrast between the main character’s real life and what he portrays online, after reading through his Facebook feed. In the film, the character snaps a post-workout selfie with the caption “20K run. Check,” and promptly gets back into his car, suggesting he never ran at all.

The video has garnered over a million views since being uploaded at the beginning of the month.

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This isn’t the first video to point out how social media is affecting our real lives — in May a spoken word poem lashing out against generation-Y’s reliance on social media and technology went viral.

“I have 422 friends, yet I’m lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet none of them really know me,” the poet said in the video.

Ironically, both of these videos reached viral status by being shared on social media sites.

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