An article from Inc.com points out what I’ve been feeling for a while now. It says,”Of all the ways social media can be bad for you, one of the worst, according to science, is the ability of Facebook and the like to induce envy. You see your friends posting smiling selfies at exotic destinations and humblebragging about their professional and personal accomplishments, and you end up thinking your own life doesn’t measure up.”
To drive home the point, podcast host Tracy Clayton posted this in July and judging by the response… many people are hiding their pain behind their posts.
im curious. if youre comfortable doing so, post a picture of you that you shared on social media where you were actually having a really tough time in life even tho you look perfectly fine in the picture.
— Tracy Boomeisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) July 11, 2018
this was circa the height of Michael Brown’s murder. I was extremely lonely in a pred. white city miles away from my fam and the only POC in my grad school cohort. everyone was oblivious to the current events. and I had like $2 in my account and had been regularly skipping meals. pic.twitter.com/egtkw6e2uN
— thong sandal shawty (@tdouble_u) July 12, 2018
This is a fabulous prompt.
This photo is of me and my daughter (now almost 9) as a baby. I hadn’t slept in months and had RAGING postpartum anxiety. I loved her but mostly wanted to run away. I was tired and angry and scared all the time.
Life’s amazing now tho. As is she. pic.twitter.com/HDOAbvXoOY
— Jessica Langer, PhD (@DrJessicaLanger) July 11, 2018
Edges laid, eyebrows crisp.
I would attempt suicide less than 12 hours later. pic.twitter.com/Mvd5WeA6OF
— T’Child Get Out My Face (@BronzdBrownGirl) July 11, 2018
So the next time you’re tempted to compare yourself to something you’ve seen online, remember the grass is not greener of the other side. Science suggests you scale back your social media saying “you’ll be happier for ditching a habit proven to induce envy, disconnection, and loneliness.”
National Read A Book Day
1. Milk & Honey1 of 18
2. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings2 of 18
3. The Book Thief3 of 18
4. The Hobbit4 of 18
5. To Kill A Mocking Bird5 of 18
6. Harry Potter6 of 18
7. The Delusion Of Cinderella7 of 18
8. Astro Physics For People In A Hurry8 of 18
9. Hidden Figures9 of 18
10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo10 of 18
11. The Help11 of 18
12. Chasing Down A Dream12 of 18
13. You Are A Bad A**13 of 18
14. The Secret Life Of Bees14 of 18
15. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.15 of 18
16. The Bluest Eye16 of 18
17. The Autobiography Of Malcolm X17 of 18
18. How Not To Get Shot And Other Advice From White People18 of 18
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