Nobody’s life is that perfect. I don’t know if anybody needed to hear that today, but I hope it helped.
Social media as we know it is about 20-ish years old, give or take. It has now been linked to increased depression and anxiety and FOMO (fear of missing out).
I know this because I have worked in social media marketing and influencer marketing over the course of 7 or 8 years now. I have read so many reports and have seen so many people go from liking themselves to hating every minute detail of their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Social Media is the inherent villain. I think so many of us just didn’t bother to teach ourselves good and grounded habits before jumping on… myself included.
It is real easy for people to preach positivity and self love and not practice it themselves. They get caught up in this loop of pretending to be happy and never dealing with the more complex issues in their lives.
The thing is, I don’t have an answer and I think most people who are not professionals don’t have one either.
I took a long step back from interacting with many people on social media about a year ago. I still post and throw my shit-posting thoughts out into the aether …
But I stopped coming back to check every few minutes. I stopped obsessing about my likes, comments, and retweets…
A year later with some minimal emotional growth, I realize it’s okay for me to want to post nice photos, or to share my thoughts, and for me to not want to engage.
Even if my photos or posts get less interaction because of it, at the end of the day, I am not trying to sell people on an illusion of myself.
My social media is for me to express my creativity or emotions in a way that I struggle to do verbally. That’s why I am here online, and it has always been the reason why I logged online in the first place.
And I still struggle, don’t get me wrong. But at least the load feels lighter and that’s kind of a win.