Let's face it. Social media envy happens to us all at some point.
For those minutes we spend on social media sites, we are bombarded with jealousy-stirring stimuli.
Social media envy can happen with our friends, people we look up to, the rich, famous and celebrities. When we view the accounts of these people, we may start to compare ourselves to them.
Social media envy is something that I think we are all conscious of to some degree, yet it is still hard to come to terms with it and accept the facts.
>>> This article is to expose the truth about social media envy and to help you avoid it. To rise above it all and be confident, no matter what the internet throws at you!
Social media, such as Instagram and Tumblr are extremely influential on our perception of ourselves.
It is human tendency to aspire, but social media envy takes it to a deeper and potentially dangerous level. This feeling tends to grow worse with time and exposure.
It's sad, but when you compare yourself to others only, It can make you feel like you are living life wrong.
Social media sometimes makes us think that everyone else is living life perfectly, having such a great time 24/7, travelling, socialising, eating really great food.
I think a really important thing to remember is this: Social media is like a canvas. You can choose to create/portray your life however you want to.
So what will people naturally do with their social media accounts?
Therefore, social media is no true representation of real life. Let's be real. People on social media are still people, and no one's life is perfect 100% of the time.
What you see online can be very deceiving.
If social media appearances were accurate, my face would permanently be spotless/flawless and my life would basically be a party.
It's really essential not to compare yourself to others, especially those online- because the truth is- you do not know where they are at in their lives.
For all you know, the person who you think is living the happiest life may actually not be having such a good time.
Some people handle their difficulties by smiling for the camera.
Comparing yourself to others is not only unhealthy, but also pointless.
Dealing with comparison and social media envy can be a frustrating cycle.
But It happens. A lot.
And just one negative comparing thought can snowball and leave you feeling bad. Most of us are not supermodels, but trust me, we are beautiful the way we are.
Here are some of the things social media makes people think. They're all ideas connected to social media envy and internet celebrities.
We are generally trained with the desire to look like online celebrities and envy them. Social media programs us to be jealous and feel bad about ourselves so products will sell.
The outside is all that matters. Your appearance has to be fabulous all the time with the emphasis on beauty and fashion.
They lead better lives and thus you should want to be like them. They are a special breed of human and all lives are supposed to be like theirs.
It is only normal for social media kings and queens to have millions of followers. They should be worshiped because it is only normal. We need to follow their every move because their lives of glitz and glamour should guide ours.
Sound pretty crazy eh? Well if we are honest, these are basically the thoughts that social media tends to emphasize and it can lead to a serious amount of envy.
You don’t need to be that person and you don’t need to be jealous.
After all, for your whole life you are going to be you, never them.
So get comfortable with that unique privilege.
Here are some things that have been extremely helpful to combat bad thoughts and comparing myself to others:
Thanks for reading :)
What are your thoughts on this?
Any particular experiences with social media envy?
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