In this digital age, we are all obsessing over social media and “living our best lives.” However, as of recent, social media, especially Instagram has become an unattainable, unrealistic and fantasized highlight reel. It is now hard to even log in to the app, without seeing everyone you know at the gym, traveling, moving into gigantic homes, going to fashion shows, promoting something, doing something bigger and better than you, giving us all the dreaded “compare-itis.” It seems that social media nowadays has become this superficial platform, where we are all trying to “outdo” each other.
But this is just everyone’s “highlight reel” and people’s “social media personas.” However, there is more to it than meets the eye. It’s very rare that someone shows their struggles, their insecurities, talks about their about their hardships, address major issues going on in the world.
It is so important to realize that Instagram is often used as a highlight reel and no ones life is glamorous, or that perfect. As social media users, we all need to realize the power that social media can have, not only on our identities and confidence but on the world, how we view it and how we view each other. We know view our world, each other and society as a superficial place, where we are constantly judging and nitpicking other people’s lives. It’s time to change that norm and start utilizing social media for good, to spread awareness, to help people. Here are 5 ideas on how to use social media to make a change, right now.
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