Basically, why other people's lives look so much better than yours on the internet.
I’ve been noticing a lot of social envy lately, and it's really bumming me out. It kills me when I see people commenting on internet posts proclaiming their jealousy of someone else's life.
When all you see is what a person wants you to see, of course they’re only going to show you the best parts of themselves. Just like you know what angles your face looks good in, people on social media know exactly what "angles" make their lives look best. I speak on this topic as someone who spent the good part of my schooling learning how to make people look good on the internet.
Looking at someone’s social media page doesn’t give you a look into their life, it gives you an ultra-concentrated, close up of the best things that are happening to them. I know, I am generalizing for sure. There’s always the person who posts pics of themselves hospitalized or having a mental breakdown, but again, all you see is what is inside that square on your screen. Going on vacation and Instagramming a picture of your cocktail doesn’t mean your having a great time. and not using social media or taking pictures at all doesn’t mean your life has no worth or meaning.
Here’s my point. stop comparing yourself to other people. Stop feeling lesser about your own life and accomplishments because you are living in a world of virtual envy.
It is true that everyone gets different opportunities and has different paths, but success isn’t measured in likes or follows. If you’re not doing what you love then figure out a way to do what you love so that you never have to feel jealous of another person’s life ever again. Not everyone is going to a YouTube star or Instagram "model". Just live. Social media is arbitrary and means nothing. (but obviously keep reading MY blog and liking my posts because I only know how to give advice and not take it)
Here are some very interesting numbers about social media that may open your eyes to the reality of social fame.
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