Beer goggles are where something sucks when you’re sober, but if you’re drunk it seems amazing. The internet is the opposite: you look at your life and feel really happy with it, even proud of it, but then you look at snippets of other people’s lives online and all of a sudden your own life seems dull, like you’re not living up to your potential, or missing out on a great thing everyone else has, or worse.
The problem is obvious but it still exists and is in fact widespread, which means the solution isn’t obvious, at least not to many people.
Personally, I see two possible solutions: the first one involves not visiting certain parts of the internet, and second one involves still visiting them but constructing narratives and other concepts around them to give them context and de-barb them of their reverse-beer-goggle effects. The second solution is a lot of work and has to be maintained, and those narratives/concepts aren’t guaranteed or foolproof, so it’s usually simpler and safer just to use the first solution.
But of course simply not visiting certain parts of the internet might have costs, most likely to include not being “in the loop”. How important being “in the loop” is probably varies from person to person, but I suspect for a lot of people it is fairly central to their mental health.
So the problem is obvious, the solution isn’t, and the whole thing is very tricky.