The 'You Never Seem This Happy in Real Life' Update
"Nora Leo loved spontaneous salsa dancing in the park today! Yay, sunshine!!"
"Vicky Tabor had the best ever DQ Blizzard and now gets to see Cheryl and Tyler at the Toby Keith concert!!!! Life rocks!!!!!!!!"
"Aaron Proctor found an extra quarter in the Laundromat change machine!"
The 'You Never Seem This Happy in Real Life' updates come from the mopers and negative Nellies in your life who never have anything positive to say in person, but who magically transform into positive-thinking Pollyannas when they assume their virtual identities: Suddenly they're all ga-ga over cheap gas or good weather.
Facebook is full of giddy people bouncing off the walls, often over very simple pleasures. In fact, sometimes the simple pleasures often seem to get more than their share of the limelight -- maybe because the poster feels pressure to make something out of nothing -- or because many truly thrilling moments aren't appropriate for a status update: "Yay, my cancer is gone!" "Yay, I got into Harvard and my best friend didn't!" "Yay, my wife is finally losing all that extra weight!" So instead, we revel publicly in the small things. And as a result, our online persona may be a lot sunnier than our real-life presence.