Facebook makes me feel bad about myself
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I used to love Instagram because it gave me a sneak peek into the lives of the rich and the famous. I liked peering into lives that were so different from mine, feeling like I was right there with these celebrities as they boarded a private jet or walked the red carpet. These people live lavish lives, full of Ferraris and perfect hair extensions. But while I enjoyed this access, I realized that looking at these pictures also made me feel bad about myself. On a random Tuesday morning, as I ate toast over my laptop in bed and tried not to get crumbs stuck in my keyboard, I'd see Kylie Jenner on a yacht in the Mediterranean. I felt weighed down. I realized that I was immediately, physically comparing myself to every person I looked at.
It was a few months after my graduation and I had just quit my job. I had a horrible boss and a toxic work environment at best. There were a few people there that made it bearable, but I digress. I graduated with honors from a university in Boston, volunteered, got involved in the departmental matters and everything, but there I was sitting in my apartment without a job for three months. In between looking for jobs and updating my resume and crap, I would find myself moseying over to Facebook from time to time.
How did your life change after leaving Social Media? Answer by Shovan Chowdhury , on Quora :. Now I am the happiest person in the whole world. Their newly bought BMW 5 series I sedan was parked a few meters from them. I was sitting in darkness in my small rented flat, scrolling through my Facebook news feed on my smartphone. Load-shedding was going on.
In January I deleted all the social media apps from my phone because they were turning me into an idiot.
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Then BOOM. You log onto Facebook and see that an old high school friend just got engaged to a Bradley Cooper look-a-like. Suddenly your perfect hair day just got a whole lot more insignificant. Why does social media have the power to take our day from a 9 to a 3? We assume that live tweets from Coachella and vacation photos from the Caribbean are accurate representations of real, daily life. Being jealous of someone for one perfectly composed photo without knowing their whole story is just silly.