Cut any comments about being in pain, feeling depressed or having a hard time.
Paste in stories about partying with friends, helping your family or making some small achievements.
Delete all mentions of fighting a chronic pain condition,  dealing with personality disorders and trying to get your life on track.
Because no one wants to read those sad and boring details that they can’t do anything about.

Cut out all pictures of you without make up on or the ones in bad lighting.
Paste sexy selfies, funny situations and filtered shots.
Delete any pictures that show your flaws, aren’t touched up or seem too natural.
Because we can’t have bad skin or normal shots as that would make us seem less attractive.

Cut any opinions that could be considered controversial, different or original.
Paste fake opinions that go along with what the majority of society thinks.
Delete any ideas that will make you seem odd, quirky or ones that might start real conversations.
Because although it’s called social media we really don’t want to actually talk to any of our “friends”.

Look at your profile and what do you see? Do you recognize yourself? We edit so much to make people like us that in the end what’s left is very different from what we started with.

Cut anything that makes you different, shows true feelings or makes you seem like you’re lonely. Paste in what they all want to read or look at so they’ll like you.
Deleted the real you so your profile will be perfect to their standards.
Because we have taught ourselves that being popular is more important than being you.

~ The Incidental Scribe


Ps I have started an Incidental Scribe fan page on Facebook. Look for The Incidental Scribe and it’s the one with pencils wearing hats.



  1. I think there is a fair amount of the conforming to societal norms that occurs on FaceBook that happens because the person doesn’t have the confidence to write what they’re really thinking. It would be great if we all had an upbringing and/or instruction on how to be ourselves with confidence, handle contradictions, change when needed and feel good about it all!

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