"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." - Steven Furtick
I like Instagram. It's fun sharing your experiences and seeing what you're friends up to. But soon after signing up, I felt pressure to show that I was always doing something unique or interesting.
At first, I told myself this was a good thing. It was motivation to get out and do something new. But is this is a healthy motivation to have?
There is a subtle social pressure beneath the surface of this platform. People frantically share the high points of their days, creating a 'highlight reel'. And this paints an unrealistic portrait of their lives. They filter out all the negativity and suffering for their audience.
But I'm not sure that sharing everything is necessarily a good alternative. People who post too much about their personal issues are usually unwelcome. We use social media as a distraction, not to hear about all of your problems.
So maybe we can strike a balance. We could start using Instagram in a way that more genuinely represents us. Similar to a 'Throwback Thursday', there could be something like a 'Serious Sunday'...when it's appropriate to share the real things going on in your life. And then our audience on social media will feel better about their lives, because they'll see that yours isn't always ideal.
We all have ups and downs, but many Instagram accounts give the illusion that some people have perfect lives. If we intersperse some serious posts among the silly ones, then maybe we can connect with each other in a more meaningful way.