Happy 2018 – Day 124 – When you’re scrolling through Facebook, just remember…

Here’s a Machiavelli quote that I’ve pulled from my all new and exciting 6-Minute Diary:

“Everyone sees what you appear to be,
few experience what you really are.”

Since I’ve embarked on my new path teaching Wellbeing workshops in schools, I’ve been thinking a lot about social media. While I don’t believe that we can blame all of mankind’s problems on Instagram, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the current generation of social-media savvy primary and secondary school students are apparently the unhappiest they’ve ever been.

We all put on appearances at times and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m sure that many people, especially as they get older, feel that they only a small handful of people know the real them. And that’s fine!

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The problem is when we forget that when we’re scrolling through pictures of people’s perfect selfies, beach scenes and new car pics, that we’re seeing a presentation of someone’s life.

We’re not really seeing them. 

When I talk to the kids about this, I tell them that it’s like thinking that Chris Hemsworth walks around each day in his Thor outfit, smashing is hammer about the place. He’s an actor, playing a part. Just as someone’s flawless picture on Facebook is an act, not a real person.

My Facebook account, like so many others, is a collection of my very best moments in life; the interesting bits amongst the mundane. It’s no real reflection of my day-to-day activities.

I adore technology. It’s opened up a world of learning and communication at my fingertips.

But I limit my social media use. And when I scroll through social media and begin comparing my life to that of my ‘friends’, I remind myself that it isn’t real and that they most likely took 50 pictures before choosing that perfect selfie. #NoFilter.

 

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