Christmas and New Year often seems to bring out the most infuriating of social media updates – the “humble brag”. So many of us are guilty of it, myself included.
Reading a long stream of humble brags with “Best Christmas ever, look at all my gifts!” or “My 2015 is going to be amazing, look at all the holidays I have planned” can be depressing as hell. It makes you feel like everyone else is having more fun than you, and that the grass on your side of the fence is looking a little…well, dead.
I actually plan (and will likely fail) to cut down on using social media this year. Over the past few weeks I have had a tough time, and all the happy smiling updates (trust me, even picture-free updates can be riddled with big fat grins) have began to make me feel like something might be wrong with me.
Now, the logical side of me knows that things are not always as they seem on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But this doesn’t always make it any better. Social media is a beautiful, wonderful thing where I have been able to communicate and make connections with lovely people – but it does have a dark side. Just check out Hannah Gale’s post, where she found that the two things we feel the most when browsing social media are “unsuccessful” and “fat”.
I’d actually love to preach here and say to think twice before sharing your happy smiley moments, but why should you? Why should any of us? I do think people are too concerned with updating their social profiles whilst in the moment…the amount of NYE selfies on my Facebook and Twitter recently are a testament to that… but it is a good thing to record these moments of happiness for the times when you might need them.
What I will say instead, and also as a reminder to myself, is that social media is *not* 100% unadulterated truth. It is far from it. There are filters to everyone’s identity online, and that perfect happy couple sharing their millionth selfie on Facebook are probably not all that perfect after all. Or that girl you went to school with who got everything they wanted for Christmas has problems of their own. We all do.