on social media, what glitters isn’t always gold
Like they say, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
A British survey has found that more than 75 per cent of people carefully choose what to post on social media in order to make their lives seem more exciting and desirable.
Major smartphone manufacturer HTC is behind this latest study. In addition to people scrupulously choosing what to post online, the survey also found six per cent of people actually borrow images to pass off as their own. Additionally, more than three quarters of those surveyed say they judge their peers based on what they see on their social media profiles.
At least 50 per cent of people say they’re selective in their postings because they want to make friends and family jealous.
For many of us, these latest findings might come as little surprise. We live in a very superficial society that has become more about the tangible rather than the meaningful. While we’re in a state of near constant competition with one another, it’s become almost impossible to simply live and enjoy the moment.
Social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have made it possible (and the norm) to capture just about every second of our day. With filters and features, we’re able to take the most basic things and make them seem exciting beyond imagination.
With the ability to show only the best aspects of our lives (whether they be real or not), our online personas have become exactly that: constructed characters that are both unrealistic and superficial.
As an avid user of social media, unfortunately, I’ve been unable to escape the very pressures of the virtual world. This time last year, I was working a job that barely covered my bills. I was unable to find a job in my field and quite frankly, I was absolutely bored with my life. I felt like a total loser (I refer to that time in my life as my Almost-Quarter-Life Crisis).
Meanwhile all over my social media feeds I saw Tom, Dick and Harry having the time of their lives. My friends were traveling, working corporate jobs and still partying every weekend.
It seemed as though everyone around me was living the perfect life while back at the ranch, mine was nowhere near glamorous (or so I thought). But as I began to re-evaluate my life and plans (a journey of self-discovery you can read about here), I started to realize that not everything I saw online was how it appeared.
It’s important to exercise self-care when using social media. Not everything that glitters is gold and you really have to take everything you see with a grain of salt.
Life isn’t perfect, so don’t let the Instagram filters fool you! Take a look at this video- it’s a perfect illustration of the reality of social media!