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The Insider: Cure your Facebook envy

June 14, 2013 9:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
aduples@tulane.edu

Benjamin went skydiving. Jessica got married in Italy. Now, the one person who seemed to keep a low profile on Facebook has posted photos from her medical school graduation. What are you doing with your life?

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If you’ve ever perused the pages of your “friends” on social networks and felt a little down, you aren’t alone. Academic studies like this one have found a correlation between depression, jealousy and Facebook due to the user’s ability to filter their existence.  

Kimberly may have become the youngest partner in her law firm, but posts about being over-worked, over-stressed and unhappily single probably won’t make her timeline.

With summer comes a bit more free time to read up on the fabulous life that everyone (except you) is enjoying. Try these five tips to keep your Facebook envy in check.

Close your browser and walk away — It seems obvious, but social network addiction is real.

Post some good news of your own — Think about it. There is bound to be something (no matter how small) that you are happy about.

Phone a friend — If all else fails, talk to someone who also knows the friend showcasing his new $1,200 loafers. Don’t be surprised to hear about his credit woes.

Improve — Turn your envy into goals. Set them and follow through.

Professionalize your profile — Delete those tagged photos of you from high school. Make posts about interesting industry news. Weddings and babies aren't the only things worth talking about.

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