How many times a day do you check your feed?
And how much time do you spend scrolling?
It would scare you, if you think about it…
But why do I say you?
We have the inexplicable need from constant connection - with the world, with friends, with family, and even with strangers - celebrities, bloggers, vloggers, instagrammers…
And even though this connection is only virtual, we have the feeling we know about other people’s lives so much.
Because that’s what we all share online.
But by scrolling through picture perfect facebook or instagram feeds of people we only see what they want us to see. Only what they want to be shown. Only what they want to look like in the eyes of others.
Social media manipulates us.
But we manipulate it as well.
It’s quite common we see opinions that what is up online isn’t real.
It’s quite common we see opinions that perfect feeds cause jealousy, anger and even hate.
But isn’t it natural to want to share the best side of your life?
Isn’t it natural to avoid difficulties, you come across in daily life, at least in social media?
Isn’t it natural for social media to be this online oasis where everyday problems die for at least a few minutes a day?
It may seem hard especially for the adolescents to understand, it may even be bringing them down to see those picture perfect feeds.
But don’t we choose by ourselves if we want to be online or offline?
I choose to see the difference between life in social media and reality.
I choose to stay online.
But I also choose for my feed to show people who inspire me, who motivate me and who make me smile.
Because we choose on our own who to follow on and off line ;)
Till next time,
Photos: Julian Georgiev
Location: Alicante, Spain