Viewing Life Through a Filter of Perfection. “ endless scrolling and questioning whether my life is good enough because what I see online isn’t what is happening in my life.”
I go back and forth about deleting every piece of social media I have and never look back. Then I convince myself not to. I wish I had more of a drive to just get rid of it. I really don’t know why I keep it all on. I use my blog as an excuse. Or homeschooling. Or the ability to keep up with family and friends. And blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
My hairstylist once wrote this on her Facebook/Instagram page (with the above image) and it’s oh so true – “I was talking to a very wonderful person recently and we were talking about unplugging and how beneficial it can really be. I’m taking a break from endless scrolling and questioning whether my life is good enough because what I see online isn’t what is happening in my life. If you have never thought that or had that moment, you are a liar. For those who identify, thank you for understanding. For those who don’t, you’ll understand when it happens. I love social media because it is a wonderful way to connect, but it has turned into something so much more than connecting and watching it all has gotten a little exhausting. So, if you need me and you have my number, text me.“
She is right.
Those words in bold are true. We see a piece of someone’s life through a filter of perfection. That perfect selfie is 1 out of 27. The well put together kids really took 50 minutes and a lot of screaming to pull off. The perfect and happy mom is actually in a dark place. The vacation photos were bought with a credit card and will take 3 years to pay it off. The cute couple’s smiles are just a few “for-show”, as they actually fight and break each other down behind closed doors. We witness our friends, family, and sometimes not even friend’s lives, from behind a screen. It keeps us up at night causing depression and anxiety. We become jealous as our life seems so boring. Suddenly, we lack ambition or goals. We have allowed someone with a “perfect life” on social media to bring us down.
I feel like this even more now with the holidays upon us. Just remember -“The Grass Isn’t Always Greener On The Other Side”. Plus, you can’t compare your chapter 1 with someone’s chapter 16 and “Keeping Up with the Joneses” isn’t worth it. I’ll still be around. However, don’t get upset if I don’t like your post. I won’t be scrolling. 🙂