Since social media sites have become such an important and regular part of people's lives, new terms have emerged. The terms I am talking about refer to the effects that social media have had on us mentally. Some of these terms include Facebook depression, Facebook envy, and internet addiction. The reason why these terms have come to exist is because for some people social media has distorted their view of reality.
People can longer understand or accept flaws since what they are seeing online is a painting of a perfect life. The social media site I'm mostly referring to is Facebook. On Facebook people keep up the best pictures with their hair in place, make-up done, and the trendiest outfit. They put up statues talking about things they are accomplishing in their life. Profiles consist of many likes and comments by other people, which some people see as a measure of popularity.
When we are constantly comparing ourself to others and looking, our 'stalking', our friends Facebook page we become unhappy and dissatisfied with our own life. In fact, recent studies have been done where this has been proven. This is why these terms such as Facebook depression are being treated as a real thing.
So far, the only thing that has been said that can help resolve these issues are being aware of it, taking breaks/ spending less time on social media. Since Facebook is something thats fairly new there has not been much talk about what to do. People still don't consider these issues as real problem. The reason why people turn to social media so often is because they use it as an escape from reality. They know that their own life consists of flaws and know they won't see that on social media.
I wanted to research about this topic because I found myself in this situation many times. I spend countless hours on the internet, from my Tumblr to Facebook to Twitter. Unfortunately, reality has been distorted in my eyes because of my use of social media. It can be really difficult at times. It seems a little funny that a website could have such an effect, but does. I have also noticed other girls younger than me that are like this. I have met a few celebrities within the past few years and of course I have tweeted about it. This one girl I know messaged me saying she is jealous of my perfect life. I couldn't believe it because my life is far from perfect. I then realized this ongoing problem of people portraying somewhat 'fake' and 'perfect' lives.
I wish more people would incorporate their flaws into social media. I think it would only help and benefit all.