For the average shmo, your birthday is the closest you get to being a celebrity. You get tons of witty Facebook and text messages wishing you a happy birthday (or asking where the party is). If you’re really cool, you probably get them on other social media sites. I’ve noticed that I used to get hundreds of birthday wishes (that might be a slight exaggeration) but now I get them in the tens. This is partially because I don’t get on social media much anymore and many of the people I’ve known have grown out of it as well. It is also because I closed many people out of my life when I was going through tough times (sort of an out-of-site, out-of-mind type thing).
I’m smart enough to know that the number differences aren’t that important but I wonder how many people rate themselves by how many birthday wishes and shout-outs they get through the various forms of media, be it text, call, tweet, Facebook, instagram, or something else.