It would be hard to find someone in today’s world who doesn’t have at least one social media account, let alone all of them. With friends from our past reconnecting and the constant stream of breaking news,
It would be hard to find someone in today’s world who doesn’t have at least one social media account, let alone all of them. With friends from our past reconnecting and the constant stream of breaking news, social media has become our go-to for pretty much everything. But is it affecting us negatively?
Most of the millennial generation is online most of the day. Waking up in the morning, the first thing I know I do is check my phone for overnight messages, news I missed, or anything else that may be important. I rub my blurry eyes to see clearly so I can make out whatever the screen is showing me. More times than not, I haven’t missed much.
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are filled with people posting pictures of the lives they want you to think they lead. I think we’re all guilty of it. How many times have we made sure a “candid” picture had the perfect angle, lighting, and filter?
Those of us who scroll through all the wonderful pictures people post sometimes don’t realize that even though we are doing it ourselves, others are only posting their best selves. How often do you see a mother with her children, hair tousled, no makeup, and tears streaming down her face from the never-ending exhaustion she faces? I’m going to venture a guess and say you haven’t see a real one, unless it was in some magazine where the actress posed that way.
Constantly comparing yourself to others online can cause depression.
“Why didn’t I bring my kid to the park today?”
“How is she able to afford a BMW?”
“Her boyfriend is way hotter than mine!”
“She didn’t graduate college. How in the world did she land that promotion?”
We all lead different lives. Some of us have an easier path than others, but nobody is perfect. Even celebrities aren’t immune to the human condition. When we see a famous person fall down, we say, “Why? They have so much money and fame?” but really it’s just that they are human; they bleed like the rest of us.
If you find yourself constantly beating yourself up after checking your social media, it may be time for a break. We live so much of our lives online and through a lens that I wonder if when we are older, will we remember actual events or just the stories attached to pictures we recall taking?
It may not be easy to deactivate your accounts. I’ve done it before and it’s like quitting smoking; it’s an addiction that many don’t recognize as such.
Get off the phone. Go out into the world and make memories that don’t involve impressing other people. Keep in mind, the majority of your Facebook friends are people you haven’t hung out with since second grade; It’s perfectly fine to be yourself. You are impressive enough!
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