Before you go any further, you should read this article, The #LuckyGirl's Lie. (If you don't read it, here's a quick recap: the article discusses the lucky girl phenomenon on social media, which suggests that our lives have come together effortlessly.)
As a digital marketing professional, I often think the anti-social media message is a little tired. I agree that we could probably benefit from unplugging and looking up, but I also think it's a good thing to be able to stay connected to the people we care about and celebrate their lives with them (if only virtually).
However, the #LuckyGirl article made me think about the image we are presenting to the world with the stories we tell. I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with crafting positive and happy pictures. In fact, I think we've been putting our best face forward long before social media existed. We iron our clothes and wear make-up when we go out in public; we clean our homes when we have company; and we are careful about what we share in conversation. It's only natural for us to want to share the good things in our days, but I do think it could be healthy for us to also share the bigger picture with one another—online and offline. Of course, this will require some vulnerability and courage. But, perhaps, with a little more transparency and honesty we might all become stronger, braver and even, happier.