I wasn’t on social media for a very long time. I always did it for work, so started to see a very different side of the social media cog. Since I’ve been trying to build my online presence to job search and get consulting gigs, I’ve created all of my profiles again. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. But I’ve still really been struggling with having to use social media, even for the greater good of my business.
When I scroll through a timeline, I see pictures of friends, family and Guides/Scouts around the world. In all of these pictures, everyone is smiling. They are positive about life and themselves and what they are doing. They are presenting their best selves. I’m not feeling any of this at the moment. Life is hard and I’m not always smiling or happy or living my best life. But you never see this on social media. You never see this pop up in your timeline.
We don’t look at nature through our own eyes anymore, to experience the road less travelled. We are looking at it to figure out the best Insta shot we can get. We don’t go out to eat without first making our table look amazing and then taking a ton of pictures so we can get 1 good Insta post. People aren’t even looking at each other in public. Everyone has their faces on their phones, trying to see what others are posting, when they could just look up and see for themselves!
We find ourselves living in a curated world. Nothing is as it seems. I’ve managed enough social media channels over the years to know that I can edit pictures to make them look better. I can write content that is flowery and makes people want to take action. I know how to present the best possible picture. And most of us do this now, without even realizing it. Think about what your last social media post was, why did you post? Did you achieve your goal?
This is why I struggle with social media.
Is this anyway to live life? Do we want a curated version of ourselves? Or do we want us, all the bumps, blemishes and bad moods? Are you presenting what you want on social media? Or are you presenting what other people want?
Before you post next, stop and think about why you might be posting. Do you want to change your post? Do you have the courage to?