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A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011 in London, England.
Why does it always seem like all of your Facebook friends are doing something more interesting than you are? Social networking was supposed to allow us to stay connected to our loved us, but more recently it seems like the online trend is less about connecting and more about...bragging? It might not be social media’s fault, however—a difficult economy, a competitive job market and the daily pressures to excel make it clear that people must do well and show others their success.
At what point does demonstrating success become braggadocio? Does the freedom of the Internet make it easier to fall into the bragging pattern?
Elizabeth Bernstein, writer of the Bonds column for the Wall Street Journal, where she explores human interactions at home, at work, and among friends
Karen North, Director, Annenberg Program on Online Communities, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism