Keeping up with the Joneses seems to be a common wave on social media today. Every media outlet such as Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. implement the concept of critical assessments between people of all backgrounds trying to one up each other in daily ventures through online photo albums. Usually, people use bragging rights by mouth or actions performed to display a sense of entitlement. However, the new age of competitive advantage has been met to the extremes with online comparisons of lives that may or may not exist. We should explore the ways technology affects us with illusions and perceptions through online propaganda,expectation vs.reality,and the psychological effects of online media today.
For starters, social media has been dubbed the online version of On Demand with immediate access to everyone’s lives at any time. Whenever you browse a homepage of Facebook or Twitter, you can’t help but notice the perception of online posts that make other people feel inadequate . The perception of online photo albums make an average person believe that those individuals are living better lives than them. However, the frame of mind goes to show that all that glitters isn’t gold.
Also, the art of competition has been very significant online especially with women. There is always daily pressure for women to be prettier, smarter,richer,more popular and more talented. This pressure is highlighted in advertising,magazines,radio,and online content and family and friends for women. Self- esteem for women is a touchy subject for since the most common sign of success is either a booming career or a happy marriage with kids and a dog. In addition, the article “5 Negative Effects of Social Media On Your Mental Health” written by George Houston at http://www.counselheal.com/articles/24341/20160518/5-negative-effects-social-media-mental-health.htm display the downside of online content that include jealousy, anxiety, depression and an unhealthy distraction from real life that one can face with pausing ones love to play a false picture in their heads.
Finally, there is a big difference between expectation vs. reality that online media presents. Social media has been made to be a tool in our lives where images have been speaking thousands of words and have made an assumption that people who get married or have group pictures are always happy and the illusion is that everything in their world is A-OK. However ,the reality is that no one has a picture perfect life and to use logic and discernment to dissect the real truth behind the pictures. We are all guilty of gloating and boasting about our daily lives but we should be more realistic and emphasize the importance of love for one self and others and our lives are enough.
To sum it all up, social media has opened up new cans of insecurity, loneliness, and jealousy that should cease to exist since everyone has a life that go I am starting to understand that our lives are at different journeys and to be grateful for our lives right now. One woman should not be keeping up with the Joneses but she should only keep up with herself to be at peace with her life on and offline.
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