What have you been up to today? It’s getting colder and colder outside, and I don’t know about you but, I’m already wearing knitted jumpers and fluffy socks!
Today I want to talk about the façade of social media. “Façade” is just a fancy word to explain the deceptive impression we get from social media. Let me show it in a simple way. Today, I went for a walk and I collected some conkers along the way. Take a look at the picture I took of the conkers below.
Notice how the same picture looks slightly different? Notice how the images on the right look more enhanced, colourful and interesting than the image on the left? That’s social media for you. And that’s how easy it can be to portray something differently to reality.
I’ll be honest and I’ll tell you something – you aren’t alone when you are scrolling down Instagram and you find that you are comparing yourself to everyone else on your feed. Because what people forget when scrolling down their feed is that you only see the edited, best side of people on social media.
You’ll scroll down your feed and see a picture of somebody having a great time at a party. Someone else is kissing their partner under the Eiffel Tower, someone else has graduated, someone else is wearing the latest fashion trends and someone else has just been offered a job. Sound familiar? *currently nodding to myself* Yes, it does, because we only see the best of the best on social media. All these smiling, perfect-looking people are just like yourself. Everyone has good days, and everyone has bad days, which is totally okay and normal. It is so important to remember that what you see on social media isn’t always true. It is so easy to taint reality with a “smoothing” edit, or a one-second smile for a photograph. It’s so easy to become consumed in this unrealistic world of perfection and invested in other people’s lives, and it isn’t good for us. I’m not saying it isn’t okay to edit or post the best pictures of yourselves, because people can do whatever they want. However, what I’m saying is that you must remember that what you see isn’t always true, and you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and to what you see on social media.
A ‘Social Media Detox’ is something I believe everyone should do from time to time. Going through Instagram, viewing Snapchat stories and seeing all this perfection can be so overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Quite a few times now I have decided to do a ‘Social Media Detox,’ where I either limit my time on social media daily, or I just don’t use it at all. Studies have actually found that people who decrease their social media use tend to find themselves feeling less depressed, less anxious and more confident. And to me, that speaks a lot of volume! From personal experience, I found that taking time away from social media made me feel a lot happier and more content with my life. It allowed me to invest time in just myself and my own life.
So, if all this seems very relatable and you can feel yourself reading this post and thinking ‘yeah, social media does get me down sometimes,’ then why don’t you take some time away from it all? Even if that means limiting your use to just 10/15 minutes a day, or deleting the apps for a week. Have a nice, social media detox for a week and see how you feel afterwards. I know from experience that it makes me feel a lot better.
So, if you try it, please let me know how you get on! Having a social media detox is honestly something I think should be encouraged more often. Switching off and detaching yourself from it all is so good for your wellbeing. It’s worked for me, and so I thought I’d share my experience with you and give you some advice.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog post, and I’ll speak soon.
Have a nice rest of your day!
Lots of love, Somewhat Perfect xxx