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Your Friends Are Liars—This Video Shows The Reality Behind Facebook Status Updates

Video artists The Higton Bros made a video that takes a depressing look at how our online personas reflect what we wish our lives were.

It used to be mainly commercials that made us feel incomplete—dangling something seemingly essential just beyond our reach. Now, in addition to traditional ads, social media inundates us with lifestyle advertising from our friends, who insidiously insist on showing off the good times, at all times. Of course, those good times may not actually be as good as they look.

A new short film called What's On Your Mind? illuminates some of the problems with being hyper-aware of what your friends are up to. Taking its name from the question at the heart of the status update field on Facebook, the film begins with a man comparing the forever-unfurling highlight reel on his computer screen to the comparatively drab confines of a night in with his girlfriend. Everything he sees devalues his reality, eventually driving him to just make some shit up in order to seem less lame—to himself, as well as to anyone who might be paying attention. He is validated in return, with a substantial number of "likes." From here on, the differences between what's actually happening and "what's on your mind?" begin snowballing, in ways that range from subtle lies to wholesale fabrications.

YouTube filmmakers The Higton Bros have made a video that gets to the core of our nagging itch to keep up with everyone else. Unlike the pain-points traditional advertising introduces, the ones that social media bring to light have no easily purchasable solution attached to them.

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  • wonton3303

    Personally, I would rather someone post something positive than see the TMI people who post details of their sinus infections and other maladies. Of course instead of looking at social media like this cynical blogger does, I believe it can help the people he refers to ask themselves why they're sitting in a dark room day after day reading about other people and feeling sorry for themselves. Maybe they'll be inspired by someone else's fabulous life and get off their a$$ and do something about theirs.

  • wonton3303

    Of course social media can help people ask themselves why they're sitting in a dark room day after day reading about other people and feeling sorry for themselves. Maybe they'll be inspired by someone else's fabulous life and get off their a$$ and do something.

  • Micaela Legleu

    Well, I personally cannot verify if people like this exist out there. I am NOT FAKE, have NEVER FAKED online. I am not jealous of others, I don't wish my life were something else and I am not lazy to make a better life for myself if I am not happy. This is plain pathetic. Real for some? Ive actually had some friends say that they only feel comfortable expressing themselves is behind a computer screen. Sure, I get introverts, but Facebook is just a program its not real life. I have many introverted friends and I date and introvert...and I am an extrovert. So what is this really about? If leading a life behind a computer screen is what you WANT; BUT If you don't like your life, change it. Also, it is totally unrealistic after one "REAL POST" the subject is defriended faster than lightning. Exaggerated. I have defriended someone because they CONSTANTLY complain about life and don't grow or change even when many friends reach out. This video is instigating and small minded.

  • Micaela Legleu

    im as real as apple pie sir. Mark Henderson Right? myspace pic with bronze balls from Washington D.C. good to meet you here. be well, sir.

  • wonton3303

    there's authentic and there's people who over share. We don't need to know about your "authentic" self if it includes details about your illnesses, bowel habits, and snarkiness about how other people have an agenda and you're somehow "above" all that - you know the type (usually the ones' who are posting right after church).

  • Corinna Resberg

    Blah, blah, blah. It's your own choice if you still give a damn about Facebook likes and feel the need to make things up in order to lie to yourself... complaining about the vapidity of social media was passé years ago.