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Yup. I’ve had moments like this.
I avoid any contact with people from my past for this very reason.
Melanie Howarth says
That hits close to home. <3
Matthew Bowling says
I get this with people I actively interact with. I constantly compare my failures to, at least, what from my perspective seem like constant wins for those around me. I think the proliferation of social media makes this worse not just for me but for everyone else that feels this way too.
Peter Watson says
Matthew, you are spot on about social media! Thanks for your post pointing it out. Absolutely goddamn right.
To me, Facebook is the “High School reunion that never ends”, or a continuous “annual holiday letter” that does nothing but depress me. I cannot stand it.
I started out like everyone else, connecting with people I hadn’t seen in years, getting “News Feeds” from friends and former friends, college pals, etc. After a while I realized how shitty I felt every time I looked at it.
At worst it makes me feel like a loser, and/or resent “the beautiful people.” At best it shows me that half of the sane people I once knew are now political nut cases, or want to bombard me with details of their lives that I could not care less about.
My breaking point was when I read that a girl I had a crush on in college had walked her dog that day, and someone from high school thought the clerk at Walmart was rude. I thought “Fuck you, Facebook.” I try to stay away from Facebook like I try to stay away from alcohol. Just like alcohol, it’s a depressant.
There’s actually a term for this with social media, it’s called “Facebook depression”
Her face in the last frame. She’s going to be thinking about that a lot. The past seems like another planet sometimes.
Jsoe Eblol says
as a musician who plays and has had bands fail left and right….. this one really hurts
YK Greene says
I love these comics but they sometimes hit a little too close to home for comfort.
Cerri Dwenn says
Opus the Poet says
Or lawdy have I been there.
Joseph Yong Kim says
Whenever you see another Facebook post about someone getting their dream job or graduating college…
Peter Watson says
Yeah Joseph, I know exactly what you mean. I rant about Facebook in a reply to Matthew’s post, above. Facebook fuels my depression and makes me feel like the woman in this comic: a failure, a fuck-up. I have to stay off it, and when I’m tempted to go on (God knows why), I always come away feeling bad, and remember why I don’t log on to it.
The “social mirror” is always inaccurate, but toss depression in there on top of it, and it’s a not-so-fun house of distorted mirrors that makes us feel like shit. Social media only amplifies it. I do my best to stay away from it.
Timothy Gettemy says
Yep…Depression destroys so much of a person’s life.
Yup. Know the feeling. But also, ask what the guitarist’s day job is. Probably the same lol.
You can always find someone who’s more successful than you are, depending on how you measure success. I think she’s doing pretty well to know someone who genuinely cares about her.
I always feel this. I can relate. My best friend has a band, we both sing. Both wanted to be entertainers. I have depression and issues she never had or have. Smh. I am happy for her but my life is awful.
Johanna Manninen says
Evan J Sanders says
Waaaaaaay too close to home. Good work.
Sarah Carter says
So much this.
Hamzah Nutt says
When all my “friends” suddenly cut me off and became popular af last year
Michalina Wnorowska says
when you’re alone everyone around make it..