How often do full real life Facebook posts irritate you? graph of japanese statisticsThis was an interesting survey from Times Current titled rather dramatically “Being tired of other’s full real life”, a title based on a Japanese expression リア充, ria-juu, being satisfied with one’s real offline life.

One of my online (and offline too) friends is perhaps just a bit too much ria-juu with airline business class lounge photos, domestic holidays, posh dinners, etc, but it rather than annoying me it motivates me to work harder so I too can have a similar life.

Research results

Q1: While using Facebook, have you ever felt tired of it, wanted a break, or thought about quitting? (Sample size=655)

Yes ( to SQ) 43.7%
No 56.3%

Q1SQ: Why have you thought about taking a break from, quitting Facebook? (Sample size=286, multiple answer)

Got fed up hearing about other people’s full real life 40%
Couldn’t keep up with timeline information 29%
Felt relieved not regularly checking 25%
Was a bother getting involved with people I didn’t get on with 23%
Couldn’t respond appropriately to Facebook Friends 22%
Worried too much about how people would react to my posts 22%
Was a bother getting Friend requests from people I didn’t know 20%
Ended up comparing Friend list sizes with friends 15%
Didn’t have anything to post about 15%
Ended up competing with others regarding having a full real life 9%
Got hurt when my friends posted about events they hadn’t invited me to 7%

Q2: How often do you get irritated by Facebook Friends posting about their full real life? (Sample size=655)

  Always Often Sometimes Never
All 6.4% 16.9% 39.1% 37.6%
Twenties 9.3% 18.5% 39.4% 32.9%
Thirties 6.7% 19.3% 40.8% 33.2%
Forties 3.2% 13.0% 37.0% 46.8%

Q3: What sort of photos posted to Facebook do you consider to be “ria-juu”? (Sample size=655, multiple answer)

Showing off about how many friends they have (group photos, etc) 46%
Highlighting their celebrity 31%
Highlighting how good a time they are having 29%
Sexy, cool, etc posed selfie 28%
Everyone in the photo holding the same pose 24%
Cosplaying, dressed up to the nines 20%
Photo that looks like it was taken by their partner 16%
Everyone in the photo dressed the same 13%
Collage of many photos 12%
“Miracle instant” photo 11%
Framed, vignetted, etc photo 10%
Photoshopped miracle photo 9%

Q4: How often have you exaggerated about things when posting about your own situation? (Sample size=507)

(to SQ)
(to SQ)
Just once
(to SQ)
All 10.8% 36.5% 6.9% 45.8%
Male 12.6% 43.1% 7.6% 36.6%
Female 9.0% 29.4% 6.1% 55.5%

Q4SQ: At most, how much have you exaggerated things when posting about your own situation? (Sample size=275)

One tenth 19%
Two tenths 40%
Three tenths 21%
Four tenths 3%
Five tenths 9%
Six tenths 2%
Seven tenths 1%
Eight tenths 2%
Nine tenths 0%
Ten tenths 9%

Q5: How would you rate your own real life? (Sample size=655)

100%; full real life 9%
75%; almost full real life 28%
50%; reasonably full real life 45%
25%; not full enough real life 9%
0%; no real life at all 8%


Over the 24th and 25th of February 2016 655 Facebook users in employemnt completed a smartphone-based questionnaire. 50.1% of the sample were female, 33.0% in their twenties, 34.0% in their thirties, and 33.0% in their forties.


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