In general, people only share their best moments on social media. The fun announcements, the perfect moments. Often they share their mini mess-ups, like an attempt to do something that they found on Pinterest, because it shows that they are trying to be that “perfect” person. If they share that they are going through a hard time or that something bad happened, it is usually coupled with proof that it was not their fault or that they worked hard to make it not happen.
So, the question becomes, with all of this focus on positive announcements and hard work that goes wrong, does social media distort our reality?
It also leads to a fear of missing out or FOMO. We see all the photos are co-workers, friends and family members are posting of the AMAZING times that they are having and we feel the need to respond. We can’t help but ask ourselves why we don’t do more? Why don’t you try new things? You’ve always wanted to go sky diving right? Why haven’t you? Think of the epic post that would make! Especially if you got VIDEO of it and not just a photo. But no, you’re sitting on the couch watching some re-run and eating three day old leftovers you didn’t even bother to heat up.
Any amount of time spent on social media will affect your perception of the world around you. If you don’t actively work to combat the barrage of perfection and positivity displayed, it is likely that it will have a negative impact on your psyche. Take breaks. Don’t log on every day. Remind yourself that this is a small window into the world around you. Social media is like a peep hole in your door, not a panoramic view. Remind yourself that no one is perfect. It’s okay to go through hard times and it’s okay to be sad.