I don’t believe anybody has a perfect life, yet there seems to be a lot of perfection being sold on social media these days, and this means that people who are viewing said social media posts, are susceptible to feel “less than” when viewing the posts, and are likely to wonder what they are doing wrong – leading them to ask, Why aren’t I perfect and why isn’t my life perfect?
Research shows that social media affects people’s self-esteem and people report feeling less happy and content when viewing social media. Why? Because people compare and contrast their lives when viewing social media. Essentially, social media can make people feel inadequate.
The thing to remember though, is that social media is just people showing the “highlight reel” of their lives, meaning they aren’t showing all aspects that make up life – the challenges, losses and frustrations that we may feel. And, quite often the “highlight reel” isn’t what it seems either. For example, someone I know posted on social media the other day that 2018 was a great year yet said to me she had a terrible year. Another person I know posted a picture of her and her husband having a romantic dinner and I commented that it was beautiful picture... her response “we had a big fight at dinner… he forgot my birthday”. These are just a few examples of how the highlight reel may be giving false impressions.
Since I don’t want to be a part of the problem, I have decided to demonstrate my authenticity to show you that I don’t have a perfect life.
Watch to see for yourself.
Until next week,