Our generation is filled to the brim with different technologies. From cars that can steer themselves to apps on our phone, there is no escaping that technology has consumed parts of our every day lives.
If, like me, you love Instagram – you will find that your days of scrolling are filled with slightly unrealistic expectations. Instagram is a funny one because it is you who chooses who you follow so be it travel, music, close friends – you have the power to adjust what you see. But the thing is, you don’t really. Instagram is all about putting your best foot forward – it doesn’t have to be scantly clad women that make you feel bad about yourself for eating that share pack of Hunky Doreys to yourself. It can be something as small as a friend doing something great or someone cooking something you could only dream about to make you feel bad about yourself.
I always come across these posts branded as ‘Instagram VS Reality’ where users give you the insight into how they got their picture. Most of these are fitness based, but you can find these across every type of post on Instagram, because it’s not reality!
I have heard it on more than one occasion about people wondering about this ‘travel lifestyle’ that I have set up for myself – but that is definitely just Instagram and definitely not reality. In reality, I sit at a desk from Monday to Friday marketing the sh*t out of Catering Supplies (Do you know how hard it is to make cutlery look sexy?!). In reality, I only have 20 annual leave days which is pathetic really and two days off at the weekend to cram in as much as I can before sitting down at my same chair, at the same desk I sat in last week. I love my job, don’t get me wrong. But my life is most certainly not one big adventure, my life is a 9-5 job dealing with bowls and plates and some fun on the side to keep me ticking over. Everyone also assumes that I constantly jet off, when in actual fact most of my Instagram pictures were taken here in Ireland – right on their doorstep!
This is the problem about Instagram – and most other social media platforms. It shows you the night out, but never the grueling hangover that is life. I don’t mean to fool people into thinking I have a better life than I do, but I do just by showing one side of my life on that platform and nothing else.
Instagram is not reality, and it never will be.
How do you feel about it all?
(FYI – You can’t even trust Instagram thanks to Photoshop. Below is real life Instagram VS Reality – My feature photo vs the original #ByeFelicia!)