Life Isn’t Always Social Media Perfect
Social media presents many opportunities to let people into your life. Pictures of food, check-ins at the places we go and videos of our children (fur babies included) tell your story. But how much of the things we share show what our lives are really like? The problem is this online life we share isn’t always true as we only share the best parts, presenting this perfect life to the world.
We don’t share when we have a problem or need help. We don’t post a filtered photo of the massive electricity bill that needs to be paid at the worst time, opting instead for the glass of wine sitting beside it instead. We have the power to create the life we wish we had, a life without any problems or dramas.
The Problems A Social Media Perfect Life Creates
With perfection constantly being pushed in our face it’s hard not to start comparing your life to the ones you see online. This can create and assortment of mental health problems are you start to feel like you aren’t good enough. Jay often says to me that people online always seem to have their lives together and feels like he hasn’t achieved enough. Here we are juggling bills and waiting for pay days that sometimes feel like they will never roll around. The reality is that they probably have all the same problems as us, but they don’t want anyone to know about them so they make sure they share the perfect life for all to see.
The scariest part is the impact it’s having on the younger generation because acceptance is measured by how successful your social media accounts are. They are shown what “the perfect body” is and that if you are not popular or good looking than you are at a disadvantage. It’s a problem that is only going to keep rising. Social media is harming the mental health of teenagers and it’s something that isn’t going to change anytime soon. It’s a problem we need to address and change, as too many young lives are being taken by mental health issues.
Imperfection Is Okay
Life isn’t perfect, yes it’s probably a good thing to keep some things off social media but don’t feel like you have to hide the bad parts of your life either. You will be surprised how sharing a struggle you may be having can help someone else who is in a similar boat. We often feel like we are the only ones with a problem but the reality is there is many people sitting there with the same problem thinking the same thing.
We are perfectly imperfect.
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