Most of you don’t know this, but I work in the realms of all the social media platforms available. I manage social media amongst other aspects, and to say the least, I spend all my time on social media.
Yes, I get paid to be on Facebook at work.
(Now if you put it that way…)
One of the things that I have noticed recently is how much my timeline has come to life with all my friends and family leading active lives, travelling to wonderful countries, getting married and participating in really cool projects, to name a few.
Basically, everyone looks like they are leading a good life.
Or are they?
And recently I discovered that social media can also bring out the worst in us. Using jealousy, comparison, diminishing confidence and all round “God, that person posts waaaay too many updates”- all fall into the picture of how we start seeing the very same people we called our Facebook friends.
And when their lives get a little too celebrated, a mere ‘like’ on their latest post feels like a direct stab at our boring lives.
Why should I support them and show them how happy I am for them?
Wait a minute. Wasn’t social media created so we could find better ways to keep in touch with friends and family? Wasn’t it a platform for us to share our happiest and fondest memories and trophy a testament to our relationship with them?
Now my question is, if you can’t stand their happiness, what is stopping you from creating yours?
Yes, I know. Its way more complicated than that. Ex relationships publicize what a good life they are having without the other person, group selfies are be taken with complete strangers, check-ins go out every other day to parade their peripatetic lives, but the truth is…
We aren’t using social media for the right reasons anymore.
Why do you post on social media?
Are you trying to prove a point to someone? Are you bragging about your wonderful life? Are you trying to force a friendship that is based on elaborate birthday picture wishes? Are you living in a world of make believe, just to show the world how you have it all figured out.
But the truth is, you don’t know how to fix any of this. And you are as lost and confused as the rest of them. But you don’t want to show it.
Or, do you post because you are so happy, you want to show the world how happy you really feel? Do you post because you feel accomplished? Do you post because you want to share something that made you laugh, and you want to share that laugh with someone else? Do you post as an outlet to your creativity?
Do you post because you feel blessed and grateful for what you are experiencing, and this the best outlet for you to say: Thank You.
What does your social media life really say about you?
I think it’s high time you go to your timeline, and find out.
May you post to be grateful,