It’s estimated that South Africans spend up to eight hours a day online and, of that time, about two and a half hours are spent scrolling through social media. We use platforms like Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch with family and friends. We engage with like-minded individuals and follow our favourite brands, musicians and actors. However, it’s safe to say that not everything is hunky-dory when it comes to the world of social media.
Below, we take a look at the top three lies that you get from these platforms… and how to protect yourself.
Everyone else’s life is perfect
It’s a lie that we want all of our followers to believe about us too! The truth is that most of the time we only post the best view of our lives on social media. Our photos are littered with filters, our statuses bulging with meaningless quotes about #livingyourbestlife and our interactions carefully crafted to send out a very specific message. In short, we’re all trying to pretend that our lives are endlessly perfect because that’s exactly what everyone else is doing. However, the grass is rarely ever greener on the other side.
Everyone is earning more money than you
We all know how taxing student life can be on the finances. The vast majority of us are scraping pennies together to make ends meet and stick to our budgets. So why then are other students posting pictures of their brand-new Adidas kicks or their Dolce and Gabbana accessories? The answer? Because they are probably also living the broke life, maybe they managed to get lucky and score an epic birthday present or they’ve spent the last six months saving up for these items that they are so proudly displaying for all to see! They may seem richer than you, but you can be almost certain that they aren’t.
Everyone is more popular than you
You know, those friends who are constantly posting pics of themselves posing with new people every other day? Yup, them. They seem so popular and are ‘lucky’ enough to have a new #BFF every week. The truth? They’re probably lonelier than you are. Having hundreds of acquaintances is nowhere near as valuable as having one special friend that you know you can count on.
The reality is that social media is often a complete farce. Countless people competing to see who can come out ‘on top’ – but it’s rarely a true reflection of their actual day to day lives. Don’t fall victim to this trap by comparing yourself to others. Happiness is what you make of it in real life, not how you portray it online! So get out there and enjoy it like nobody is watching!