The Illusion of Social Media

Social media, oh social media. It’s hard not to get caught up in the endless scroll of beautiful photos, fancy vacations, and seemingly perfect lives. But, let me tell you, it’s all an illusion.

You see, I have a few friends who get influenced by the royal life of people they see on social media. Some get frustrated with their government jobs and get excited for the private jobs of their friends. While private job employees get influenced by the less work stress of government employees. Some get influenced by the Goa photos on Instagram. Social media is affecting them in a way that they don’t even realize.

I see a lot of people saying – I want to leave my job because the startup culture is so cool, bro. I want to become an influencer because everyone’s social media is killing it, dude. I just want to travel to fancy places and make money.

etc. etc.

What you see on social media is what people want you to see, not how they actually are or how their life actually is. Or, what their struggles are or the money problems or the reality of the relationships. Everyone struggles with something or the other, you just don’t know about it. So, instead of focusing on just the real about someone else’s life, focus on being a better version of yourself.

You know, my grandma always used to say, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And she was right. When we compare ourselves to others, we’re only setting ourselves up for disappointment and dissatisfaction. And moreover, we don’t compare ourselves ever with people who are below us in any case.

So, my friend, don’t fall for the illusion of social media. Remember, what you see on it is not always how it is. And always strive to be the best version of yourself. You never know, you might just end up living the life you always wanted, without even realizing it!