When thinking of social media, I can’t help but think of that one person who always acts like your friend, but in reality, they’re waiting for the perfect moment to stab you in the back. Social media pretends to be a creative outlet, but really, it's just there to ruin your life. Now don’t get me wrong, I love scrolling through and posting on social media just as much as the next person, but I’ve come to the realization that is truly ruining my life.
For starters, when it comes to social media, all people seem to think about are the Instagram models and makeup gurus. The truth about those people is what they post isn’t who they actually are. Now, don’t take it as I’m saying all those people are fake and just pretending to be who they say. What I mean is what you post on social media is what you want people to think of you. For example, you wouldn’t post a picture of yourself in absolutely no makeup while eating ice cream in your sweatpants even, if that's what you were actually doing the day you posted that bangin' picture. Social media alters our perception of body image and what we should look like. Everyone thinks they should have bodies like the Kardashians and makeup like James Charles all the time, but that's just not reality. While it’s fun to keep up with these people it’s not healthy to become obsessed to the point you're not happy with your own self-image.
False Sense of Reality
False sense of reality goes right along with body image which I already touched on slightly. You can’t base your interests and what you should be doing off of what celebrities are posting on or what your friends post on social media. Most of the times those “candids” took forever to get "perfect" and then those "perfect" pictures were edited to the max. Your life doesn’t have to be glamorous and fancy all the time to be fun. If you ask me, I believe just chilling at home while watching Netflix and eating ice cream is just as fun as going out clubbing sometimes. So don’t let what is posted online give you a false sense of reality.
Hiding Behind a Screen
Since you’re hiding behind a screen, you may comment on certain things that you would never say to that person to their face. Just because you’re online and not looking the person in the eyes doesn’t mean it’s okay to say something mean to them. News flash: Saying something mean online is still bullying! The same goes for flirting online. Just because you’re swiping right doesn’t mean you’re actually going to like that person. Oh, and let's be completely honest, half the time Tinder dates/dates you met online either don’t happen or end up being just chances to hook up with someone you find mildly attractive. Instead of hiding behind a screen why don’t you go try and actually talk to someone face to face...or is that too scary for our generation?
Waste of Time
Finally, as much as we love social media, I think we can all agree it’s a huge waste of time. Most people spend hours a day on it and for what? Just so we can compare ourselves to others and wish our lives were like theirs. Instead of spending hours a day on social media, you could be reading, studying, or maybe even decide to go outside. Most people complain about how they don’t have time to read, cook, exercise, etc. Well maybe if you put your phone down instead of sitting and scrolling for hours you’d be able to do the things you “don’t have time for.” Sorry, but that's the harsh truth.