Social media, wanted: the perfect life Lifestyle

Let’s talk social media today, since it has become part of practically everyone’s lives. And more specifically how there is a tendency for online perfection.
At first it started with just Facebook. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was one of those people that only used Facebook to play Farmville. And yes, you might have received some requests for fertilizing my crops or sending me wooden planks to build a new shed during that time if we were Facebook friends. I do apologize for that.

After that, other platforms popped up out of nowhere. Like instagram (which I actually like very much), snapchat, vine, twitter and the list goes on.
I kind of have mixed feelings about all of this, especially after starting this blog. It is social suicide not to participate in the online world, since it’s the number one way to get brand awareness. And yes, it is a great way to stay in touch with people whom you wouldn’t know much of otherwise. But there are also some (or rather a lot actually) downsides to it as well. The first one being the amount of time it requires to be up to date on all social media, which I am having quite some difficulties with. Secondly, and maybe the most important reason, everything seems perfect online. There’s a huge gap between reality and what’s shown online. We only see the perfect foodpics or selfies on instagram, party photo’s every week on Facebook, all the fancy new clothes and stuff, which makes us believe everyone has the perfect life. I am not passing judgment on anyone, I’m guilty as well for some of these things I’m mentioning, but I’m just pointing it out that it’s not always the case.  There is a new generation and a new kind of social interactions going with it, but I can’t help being nostalgic for the pre-Facebook era, where you had to actually remember someone’s birthday for instance.

I feel kind of privileged to have known the best of both worlds as a 90’s kid. The pre-internet times where you could just be young and stupid, not care about how you look or how many Facebook friends you have. My favorite things for instance,were Dragonball Z and teddy bears and I don’t mean just as a toddler. You can’t see it clearly in the picture, but I used to also rock some serious giraffe printed leggings. And don’t forget the pants tucked IN the socks. But hey, there was no way to get ‘tagged’ on pictures back then, so no harm done.

I’m not a bitter old lady ranting about ‘how it used to be’ though, social media does have many perks as well. And I probably couldn’t live without it anymore. But it’s a pitty everything has to be perfect all the time, there is no place for flaws anymore. But let’s not forget, for every good photo, there are twenty others similar that didn’t make the cut. For every Instagrampic of a night out with friends, there are numerous evenings just spent at home watching Netflix.
So let’s try to seem less perfect, okay?


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  • Michiel Roelants

    Regarding social media, perfect outlooks and Instagram: how do you feel about so many (wo)men using instagram-filters on almost every picture?

    • Van

      For me personally it’s not even about the filters, but more about what’s shared on instagram. Everyone (especially girls) seem to have the perfect body, best clothes/style, never ending social life. Which makes me think, is that the new ‘normal’? Probably not, but you can’t help believing it sometimes.

      • Michiel Roelants

        The social behavior displayed by the likes of Instagram only seems to bea byproduct of a bigger issue. The need to overly express one-self.

        “I like decorating cakes and wearing corsages to work like a twat as displayed by my Facebook and Instagram posts!”

        It’s just a basic form of being extrovert. One side of the coin that’s getting a lot of attention. Because who wants to be an introvert, right?