Have you ever posted a happy picture online to mask your real life unhappiness? And please, for f*** sake, stop posting happy posts while you dying inside. The more miserable you are in real life, the happier you are on social media with all this and that spiritual shit. In simple terms, the grass really isn’t greener.
Social media is the fastest medium to allow people to publicly share their thoughts, feelings and life with others and has increasingly become inauthentic. From the rise of fake news to the rise of bots, fake followers and their trolls, it’s hard to know whom, what or where to trust.
People who don’t have a perfect life are projecting their luxury cars, or vacations they have, even as their parents might be languishing in old age homes or being managed by domestic helps, or even when their spouses were leaving them or their kids hating them.
The use of social media also affects self-worth and online identity detrimentally with the number of likes and comments received. There is a direct effect on relationships. People who are prone to anxiety or isolation may be more likely to spend a lot of time on social media.
There is envy created because of heavy social media usage, especially on those who are low on self-esteem. Though human well-being has improved with technology and social media, there are a few negative effects that are skewed across the demography. In order to universalise a positive interaction with technology, it demands comprehensive, well-defined public policy intervention.