The Illusion Of Social Media
I wanted to make this blog post addressing a tweet I made not too long ago.
Sometimes as much as I love social media, I do see how destructive it can be. Everyday we are bombarded with images of people – showing us little snippets of their lives that lead us to think that they are “goals” or perfect people who are always having fun.
It’s easy to get caught up in this and think that your life doesn’t compare.
We tear ourselves down so much comparing ourselves to all these people that we see on Instagram thinking that they have these perfect lives just from a couple photographs. We have to remember that people are only going to post the best part of their day. No one is posting all the negative things. We all have our own shit that we’re dealing with and you can’t forget that. Even the people that you are the most jealous of online have their problems too. We don’t know what happens once they turn the camera off. We don’t know these people at all and what they’re really going through behind closed doors, so we can’t act like our lives don’t compare.
No one is perfect and we all have our struggles, insecurities and setbacks. Never think someone’s life is being better than your own. Don’t believe all the hype and the illusion that social media often gives off. It’s extremely toxic to ones well being to be influenced by all this, and think that they “should” look or live a certain way.
That Instagram model you think has a perfect life might suffer from severe depression. That “relationship goals” couple you follow might have a lot of infidelity and trust issues. That really funny YouTuber with millions of fans might not have any friends at school. Just be grateful for the life you live in stop comparing your life to what you think others are living. I promise not all that glitters is gold.
Don’t ever compare yourself to these people! Don’t tear yourself down trying to be “perfect” like they appear to be. We are all human, and we are all equal. No one is better than you just because they can take a better photograph. People get depressed and caught up trying to be cool and get likes on Instagram – thats fun and all until it takes a tool on your self worth and confidence.
Remember someone’s feed is only part of their story.