I might be showing my age a little bit now but I didn’t grow up with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. I don’t think we even had the internet at home until I was in my late teens.
How times have changed! It is my belief that social media has changed how we behave as a society drastically, everything is for show. Its all about what you earn, what you look like, where you live, how many friends you have, what wonderful holidays you go on and keeping up a pretence of having this ideal, perfect life. Its all total cobblers! Who really knows what goes behind closed doors? A lot of people try to project an idealistic image of themselves and it isn’t exactly the truth.
It doesn’t really bother me personally but I know a lot of people who cannot help but compare themselves to their perfect friends with their perfect lives on Facebook. I recall a young girl who I used to know who suffered from terrible anxiety and she would constantly compare herself to old school mates who had better jobs, bought their own property, got engaged, married or had children. I said to her at the time that she must stop putting pressure on herself to match up with these people. Yes that person might have been promoted as a Manager, but their life might not be as perfect as you think. They could have a ratbag of a husband, they could hate their workmates, they could have money problems…… you wouldn’t know because all they want to project is the positives. Who wants to shout to the world about their problems? Ok maybe some people do, but the vast majority would keep shtum.
As I said earlier, this is all new to me and I didn’t grow up with it, but I worry about the youngsters today who feel the pressure to ‘Keep up with the Joneses’. I don’t want this for my son. I want him to be who he wants to be, with no pressure from anybody else.
Am I alone in these thoughts? Do you worry about the effect that social media has on young people today? Do you find yourself comparing your life to others on social media platforms?
Some food for thought. I bid you all a lovely evening, ta ta xx