Social Media, if it’s not monitored properly can be a nasty, nasty beast. It can be hard to feel good about yourself when you see endless photos and status updates about perfect people, living their perfect life. A lot of people only put their best foot forward, leaving the dark side to hide in the shadows.
I’m wary of people who only post the good things, nothing is ever wrong in their life. They have a perfect husband, perfect children and live in their perfect house. This probably sounds a hell of a lot like sour grapes and you’re most likely right. However, I worry about the implications these perfect portrayals have on those who are feeling alone, who are struggling.
I often find myself thinking that I am only posting the negative in my life, that I seem to do nothing but complain. I guess this is how I use my social media. I use it to vent, air my grievances and disdain for the world around me. I have a filter but it’s opposite to the perfect life, maybe I forget the silver lining and can’t see the world for the dark clouds.
We’ve become a voyeuristic world, reality television is outnumbering the dramas. I don’t think this is a bad thing, if it’s controlled properly. Children are gaining access to social media earlier and earlier. Our initial reaction may be to push back, bury our heads in the sand and restrict our children. This simply won’t work.
I remember the determination I had as a teenager. The worst that seemed to be around when I was younger was pro eating disorder forums, many that I was a part of. I looked at picture after picture of bodies that I deemed to be perfect. I knew tips and tricks to lose weight fast, I shared ways that I punished myself for the meager amount of food I had eaten. There was always people there to to cheer me on, people just as sick as I was. These forums have now moved into the social media realm. They are in your face, easier to find. The faster that social media develops new ways to combat them, they just keep popping up quicker and quicker.
It probably makes me sound older than my years but things they are a-changing. The only thing we can do is educate ourselves, educate our children and be aware that not everyone uses social media the same way that we do. There are people out there who use it to connect to others, to feel less alone but there are also people who use it to hurt and bully.
I hope that by the time Mr 4 is navigating social media by himself that these things won’t be such an issue, but I fear that I may be mistaken. The digital world is moving forward, are you ready for it?
Linking up with Jess for IBOT