“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steve FurtickThe desire to be liked is something we all look out for. In today’s social media era this desire to be liked has grown even more. The number of followers and likes a person has on their Instagram account determines how popular they are. Even if these followers and likes are rigged and paid for competition builds up and all we are fighting for are numbers that identify our status in life.
Social media is a part and parcel of our daily lives. It’s hard to not be a part of this clique unless you are coming from the dinosaur age and are not tech savvy. This medium is supposed to be fun and exciting. Documenting and sharing your life with an audience is the most amazing thing that has ever been created. It’s just like a modern day journal.
Then how is it that people feel depressed while using this modern day journal? The feeling of insecurity creeps in when you stop believing in yourself. This feeling occurs because we spend almost 8 hours of our day on these social media sites. Social media is all about gaining attention due to which people publicize their picture perfect lives. We constantly tend to judge ourselves for not having that branded watch our friend posted or visiting that new and happening club in town. Kids these days might just want to visit a particular restaurant or buy a branded product so that they could take an artsy picture of their Starbucks coffee or Adidas All-Star original shoes.
‘Fear Of Missing Out’ (FOMO) is another phobia occurring in today’s youth. This happens when an individual sees the extravagant lifestyle of another individual on social media. They feel depressed that they are spending their weekend alone binge-watching Netflix shows while their friends are out partying at a nightclub or visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris.