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Whether we like seeing them or posting them we ALL love a good Instagram story or post and with constant new features like filters, music and boomerangs, it just makes it all the more appealing. After all, we all want to show the world how happy we are, but how healthy is it?
Whoever thought that we would be living in an era where pretty much every aspect of our lives is centred around whether or not it is good enough to post on social media. Everything from being in love to where we eat, dress, and holiday is decided with social media in mind. In addition to adding filters and writing a catchy caption, we also need the relevant hashtag to go with our Instagram post, even though it was actually Twitter that started the whole hashtag saga.
If you have a public profile, hashtags are key to attracting more likes and followers, especially when using popular ones like #bodygoals which has a grand total of 6.7million posts, that is a lot of potential exposure.
After seeing posts with hashtags such as #relationshipgoals, #bodygoals #wifegoals #husbandgoals you feel the sudden urge to get in shape, be in a relationship, make money, go on lavish holidays and really live the Instagram life, until reality sets back in and suddenly your self-esteem is even lower than before and negative thoughts are taking over your mind as to why your life isn’t just as perfect.
Take Valentines Day for instance, it is a day when the already lonely are feeling even lonelier only to go on Instagram to see loved up couples pull out all the stops for the perfect day with ridiculous amounts of flowers scattered everywhere, oversized teddy bears and a couple of perfectly wrapped designer gifts conveniently placed.
As amazing as it is, is it normal? Granted, there isn’t a person that would not feel over the moon with such grand gestures but more importantly is it real? Would these grand gestures be so grand if there were no cameras involved? Would these so-called “Influencers” pull out all the stops for their loved ones if it didn’t mean getting more exposure, likes and followers when including hashtags such as #realationshipgoals which currently has a whopping 11.3m posts on Instagram.
There have been countless studies determining a correlation between spending considerable amounts of time on social media and poor mental health. Loneliness, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and worst of all suicide are all major factors of the negative impact social media is having on our mental health.
Thankfully, more and more people are becoming aware of the negative impact social media is having on mental health and more importantly, discussion of mental health is becoming more prominent and less of a taboo thanks to foundations and campaigns raising awareness about mental health.
It is vital to understand that what we see on social media is an exaggerated version of peoples lives. So called “Influencers” should take more responsibility in being open, honest and realistic with their followers given that they wouldn’t be “influencers” without them in the first place.
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