Social Media vs Reality: Self-awareness month

September is the month of self-awareness, a time devoted solely to us, a time to appreciate the wonderful human beings we are. Whilst we write many blogs focusing on the best apps, whether it be photo editing or messaging platforms - we’d like to take a moment away from that and reiterate the importance of self-love and that social media is not the be-all and end-all.    

Last updated: 20th Sep 2019 at 2:50pm

As we all know, social media is taking the world by storm and we now live in a world where sharing your expensive meal, cute cocktail or the perfect selfie on Instagram is more important than just living in the moment. Rather than appreciating ourselves and our surroundings, social media platforms like Instagram are leaving the younger generation comparing their own lives to others.

Step away from the phone and embrace what is around you…Reality

Do you find yourself spending too much time on your phone? Scrolling through Instagram for endless hours, watching Snapchats or YouTube - We’re all guilty of it. Studies from Ofcom show that those aged 18-24 spend on average 3 hours and 14 minutes on their phone each day. That particular age bracket is the one most vulnerable to social media platforms exposure and the ones most active. You see this lavish lifestyle others have, and you begin to compare it with your own. It may leave you questioning ‘why isn’t that me?’, when in reality you should take a moment to realise what you have around you and how lucky you really are.

Rather than immersing yourself on social media for hours and hours, why not put down the phone. Instead, spend time with your family and friends - phone free. You’ll be amazed what a few hours without your phone can do for your health. It gives you time to step away from the pressure you may feel on social networks and the anxiety you may face.

The number of likes doesn’t define you 

The ‘like’ tool on Instagram has become some kind of social acceptance feature - a tool that can either provide self-confidence or self-destruction. If you don’t gain the right number of likes, you begin to feel a lack of acceptance.

Instagram likes do not define you. Owners of the social media platform have noticed the levels of pressure people face surrounding the content they post. As a result, Instagram are currently trialling the removal of likes shown on photos in several countries including Australia, Ireland and Japan. This new trial is a positive one that has the potential to revert Instagram back to a community sharing beautiful photos, rather than one full of competition, jealousy and anxiety.

Rather than asking ‘why’ isn’t that me, ‘why’ am I not getting enough likes - ask yourself what’is great about me, ‘what’ do I have that others might not. Once you start changing the negative outlook on social media, you begin to gain a positive perspective on yourself and the real world. 

Final thoughts 

We hope this blog will encourage you to take a step back from the world of online platforms and just live in the moment. Pay attention to the things in your life rather than your online one, because after all social media is not reality. 

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