I was sitting at a coffee shop yesterday having a morning bagel and coffee. The guy next to me having his morning coffee with some girl decides that this is such a grand moment he simply must post it to his FB page. What is this narcissism of the ordinary and mundane all about? I think I have a couple answers. First, social media and society at large now demands that no one can be average or ordinary. LinkedIn tells you unless you are a superstar in your profession (even if that's a cashier at the Piggly Wiggly) you can't get a job. Match.com tells you average people will never find a good spouse. Average? You are banned to live in hell.
So what do people do? They try to make their banal, boring, mundane, repetitive lives into something unique, special and fabulous. Having coffee at Einstein becomes akin to flying first class to Monte Carlo to see the races. People feel compelled to blast their outlandishly boring life details to anyone with an Internet connection, and probably dumb enough to actually view. I get "status updates" all the time from people on FB showing them at dinner, at the beach, walking their dog, shopping for grocery. Really, when the hell did it become vogue for thinking 15 minutes of fame now should consist of 15 minutes of routine things people do in life.
Newsflash to the bagel and coffee poster, and the millions like him. Those that lead the life you think you lead do not post the details of their life. They are too busy sipping champagne at the first class lounge waiting for their personal escort down to the airplane for their trip to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome to be bothered to share the details with people whose most exciting activity today will be picking out fruit at the grocery store.
The reality is most of us lead boring, routine lives. Posting the particulars on FB, Snapchat or some other mindless social media dribble doesn't turn your life into the lifestyles of the rich and fabulous. Instead, if you are that bored find a charity and work with people that would do anything just to have an ordinary day.