I am a self confessed social media addict, I spend at least 4-6 hours at day when I'm not working, on either my phone social media apps or my laptop. The benefits or as I have noticed recently the disadvantages of unlimited mobile data, feeds my addiction. Whether its flicking through Instagram while waiting for my bus to arrive or updating my Snapchat story of fun outings with my family and friends.
Recently I saw a meme on Facebook that said 'Instagram isn't working, so you'll have to describe your lunch to me', this meme got me thinking- am I that person who needs to justify how good her lunch tasted with a good caption and filter? Am I that person who must document fun times on social media or else it didn't happen?
Each day, I was beginning to get bombard with posts by beautiful women, with perfect hair, perfect teeth and a body to die for. Somehow I was under the illusion that she got all of those perfect features all because she bought a dress from a popular brand she was paid to talk about? I would consider myself in all aspects of my life as pretty independent, I'm not super opinionated but I have morals and my own ideas about the world based on them. So why am I being sucked into a world of social media perfection and competition to be have the perfect life, when realistically I don't.
I'm not saying I have a bad life- I fact I believe I have a great one. I'm the happiest I have ever been with great friends, family and hopefully a great future ahead of me. What I can't understand is how these pictures of women I have never met, women who I'm not even sure exist or have their original bodies, was making me second guess how happy or successful my life was? So I decided to have a detox.
I decided to unfollow most of the profiles of women I had never met, who posted regularly about their weightloss treatment or who plugged every fashion brand known to man about how FAB their clothes are. By most I mean the majority because I suppose a small part of me does want to still be 'in the loop' of fashion and beauty updates. Less #skinnytea and #gymbunny and more #fashion and #positivity.
My eyes have been opened to how social media can create a culture of peer pressure, and I have decided to detox myself from the pressure. From now on I will appreciate everything I have, not just through a rose tinted filter.. but with my own two eyes.