I now understand that “Instagram/Facebook makes you depressed” effect

Articles like this puzzled me, at least in one time in my life:

That experience of “FOMO,” or Fear of Missing Out, is one that psychologists identified several years ago as a potent risk of Facebook use. You’re alone on a Saturday night, decide to check in to see what your Facebook friends are doing, and see that they’re at a party and you’re not. […]

There was also feeling bad due to seeing other people’s vacation photos, etc.

None of that ever bothered me; I actually like seeing where some people go, what they do, what game they see, etc.

But, I suppose that could be because I am at a stage in life where I can do much of what I want to do…to a point. (at least pre-pandemic)

But that is where “to a point” matters. And, with the closure of gyms, I started to go to Instagram. There I get to see a lot of women who can put me to shame..

Never mind the guys who can do almost FOUR TIMES what I can do..

(my best is 267 this year)

And I start to think “OMG, I am WEAK!!!!!”

But my brain saves me..this time. Yes, I am seeing outliers ..when I go the gym, I see that I am not that bad, especially if there are men my age there. But the strongest women show me up and the strongest men lift weights that make my head hurt just to think about.

Workout notes:

pull ups: 10, 10, 5-5, 10, 5, 5, with rotator cuff and back stuff in between
bench press: 10 x 132, 5 x 176, 5 x 176, 5 x 176, 1 x 192 (that is a good set of bench presses for me)
barbell shoulder press (outside) 10 x 69, 10 x 84, 8 x 91, 5 x 95, 5 x 95, 10 x 84 super set with
rows: 5 sets of 10 x 60 each arm and
chin up: 5 sets of 5
plank:2:30

This took about 90 minutes

Yes, I do go to a full hang and yes, for MOST sets of non-wide pull ups, I get my head over the bar (chin) but this pose was right after 2 sets of 10, without the usual rest, and with wide grip, where my chin doesn’t quite make it over.

overall…I was ok with it.