I think it is truly insane how much time people spend nowadays on social media. It terrifies me. Screen time is off the charts, even more so with the pandemic and stay at home orders. Social media alters your perception of reality. It is all FAKE.
The images are filtered and edited. That fitness influencer that you think looks incredible probably spent over 30 mins posing, re-posing, and flexing so hard just to find the perfect picture. It is terrible for mental health. People portray such a distorted “highlight reel” of their lives that it is impossible to ever feel like you are enough.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” has been ingrained into me recently as more and more influencers start posting “real” content proving to their millions of followers that they are just like normal people. But they still get PAID to do this. Influencers get paid to distort images of reality for mass consumption.
It makes me sad to think of the number of young school-aged kids who are growing up thinking they aren’t good enough since they use social media as their gauge. I was lucky enough not to have social media until high school, and even though it may have been lame at the time, I think it did wonders for my mental health as a child. I can’t imagine growing up and going through puberty and not seeing a single person who looked like me on social media.
I recently did a social media cleanse and stayed off Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook for 90 days and while it was hard at first, I didn’t even think twice about it at the end. It did wonders for my self-esteem and mental health. I challenge each and every one of you guys who read this to do the same. See how long you can go without social media and see how truly FREE it makes you feel.
“Social Media Hater”
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