I’ve missed writing so much. How are you all doing? I’ve been trying to live my best life and find things to be inspired about to write.
Today I wanted to talk about the difference between Social Media and Reality.
In the age that we live in, social media plays a critical role in how we live our lives. It is so easy to get sucked into the visual representations, people’s lavish lifestyles, and the idea of perfection that often comes with social media.
Before you begin to compare yourself to the people that you see on social media, I just wanted to give you all a quick reminder.
1. Social Media Is Only A Glimpse of People’s Lives:
As much as we stay on social media in this generation, we have moments of our lives where we are not sharing. For the most part, people on social media only share the highlights of their lives. Not many people will want to disclose their heartbreaks, failures, stresses and more for the world to see. That’s the harsh truth. Even if they are professional vloggers, they edit out the parts of their lives they don’t want you to see. Don’t feel about about yourself if all that you see of a person is positive things. Trust me, they have bad days and moments too.
2. The Bow Wow Effect
A couple of months ago, #BowWowChallenge went viral. For those of you who don’t know about it, Bow Wow posted a picture on Instagram which made it seem as though he was about to board his own private jet. However, the reality of it was that he was on a commercial flight. What I’m trying to get at is that people often put up a front on social media. This is particularly true about body images on social media. There are so many editing apps, filters, Photoshop tools and more that can make people look thinner, and more toned. Take every image that you see with a grain of salt.
SnapChat is also a major deceptor and user of the Bow Wow Effect. There have been so many times where I went to an event that was pretty dead and someone will go to the same event and make it seem like they are having the time of their lives. It’s the idea of giving off a certain persona and image.
3. Don’t Be Discouraged By The Numbers
Never get your validation from social media likes. At the end of the day, have confidence knowing that you have worth, despite what people “like” or comment about you. The reality is that there is often a certain type of post that will receive more likes. Rather than trying to learn that algorithm, be genuine and original with your posts. You don’t have to fit in with the trends, just to receive more likes.
For example, bikini photos often receive a lot of attention. I’m not saying that they are bad, but if you are not comfortable exposing your body on the internet, don’t do it.
At the end of the day, likes are subjective. At the end of your life no one is going to give an account of how many likes, retweets, or shares one receives.
In the grand scheme of things, that is not important.
I hope this was able to give people some clarity and peace about the topic.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, reach me in the contact section.
Have a blessed day,