Has Face­book Made You

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0.3 of a sec­ond. I had noth­ing against Becky, or sausages for that mat­ter, but it was sched­uled for the same weekend that another – let’s be hon­est, bet­ter – friend had mooted the idea of drinks. “Yes, I shall de­cline,” I thought. Oh, but wait… what if the other drinks don’t hap­pen? It would be nice to have the op­tion to, you know, ca­su­ally swing by Becky’s Bo­nanza for a sausage or two. And there’s your crux: Op­tions, it would seem, are much like a late-night dive bar at 2am when you just want to carry on. Much bet­ter open. Re­mem­ber when you were six and you were in­vited to a school friend’s birth­day party with a pa­per in­vite that your mum would mag­net to the fridge as a re­minder? Life was much sim­pler back then, when the only tick-box op­tions were a de­fin­i­tive yes or no. Peo­ple knew where they stood. But we grew up, life got busier, and sud­denly we had big­ger de­ci­sions to make than whether to match our scrunchie to our bum­bag. De­ci­sions like best mate’s birth­day drinks vs first date with a new hot­tie. Dilemma. Then Face­book hap­pened and we all got a bit self-ob­sessed. “The postFace­book gen­er­a­tion scores higher in nar­cis­sism than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions,” ex­plains Jean Twenge, co-au­thor of

“Nar­cis­sists are overly in­ter­ested in sta­tus, im­age, and be­ing the best, so they want to make sure they’re at the coolest party or event, and not just the one they said yes to first.” Who wants

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