Social media was designed to help bring people together, but unfortunately in so many ways, it’s making us all more distant. With so many people focused on sharing the highlights of their life and not posting the true reality, it brings about a sense of falseness. When people only post their best moments, many others will incorrectly assume their life is like that all the time, which is not the case. Most of us don’t want to emphasize the worst part of our day or the boring stuff. And who wants to take a selfie in the morning as they roll out of bed? It would get way more likes if they looked glamorous and the background was something more exotic.
Again and again, I see people who just want to do something just for the sake of getting that picture and posting it on social media. They didn’t really want to climb that mountain, but they knew it would get a lot of likes. Ultimately, it today’s culture, many people associate more likes and shares to more popularity and more self-confidence. It becomes an addiction. Every time a post is made, in the back of the mind, they might be wondering who is going to like it and comment on it. If the post gets little interaction, it can be a brutal attack on their self-confidence.
We need to take a step back. Social media is an addiction, just like a drug. The more we use it, the more we need it, and the more we crave it. One of the first steps to solving this problem, is recognizing it. If you find yourself constantly checking social media, then maybe it’s time for a break. Turn all your notifications off and log off.
Pick up the phone and call one of your good friends and arrange to hang out in person. Go to the restaurant, go to the mall, get outside or just hang out together at someone’s house. I can almost guarantee that after 30 minutes or so, your self-confidence will go up and you’ll be happier.
Take a deep breath and remember that this is who you are. This moment is real because this is real life. Social media is just marketing.
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