Social media has been a part of our daily lives. It has changed the way we communicate and interact with others. It allows unlimited networking opportunities and offer access to information, and so much more. While social media can have their benefits, too much of it can negatively affect one’s mental well-being.
Social media represents a curated section of our lives
We are competitive species. Whether we like to admit it or not, social media is where people’s egos can shine. In fact, people seem to be obsessed with the idea of showing off their lives on social media.
Everyone looks so happy on social media. It would appear as if everyone is living their dream life. We constantly see those smiling selfies with perfect makeup, pictures from their vacation abroad, and posts that suggest they have a flourishing career. They want the world to know how well their lives are going.
Since people tend to compare their real life with another person’s staged, “glamorous” online life, it is natural to feel inadequate or jealous. It is easy to fall into the trap of letting other people’s curated social media profiles convince you that your own life doesn’t measure up.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Have you ever felt bad about yourself after scrolling through your social media feed? It’s because you compare yourself to others.
Social comparison is not a new concept. It’s been happening even before social media existed. Maybe all of your friends are doing well in their career. Or perhaps you have a perfect sibling who you feel pressured to live up to.
Living in the digital age, people spend at least 2 hours a day on social media. Now, consider how much energy you spend viewing other people’s profile and playing the comparison game. Not only will it make you feel envious of others, it can also cause your self-esteem take a nosedive.
Try to keep comparisons out of your head. If your self-esteem is being affected by posts you see online, it might be best to take a break from social media. I’m not suggesting that you give up Facebook, Instagram or Twitter entirely. Just limit the amount of time you spend reading other people’s post.
Never be envious of other people’s glamorous online lives. More often than not, the picture they are painting is not a complete and accurate one. Remember, social media is designed for positive interaction, not pointless and unhealthy comparisons.