I can say all these things because I’m a social media geek. I use it personally, I use it as a hobby, and I use it professionally.
Social media sucks and tricks you into wanting things you don’t actually want. I’m really not talking about the unrealistic body standards set by insta models or even the clothes or make up you constantly see ads for. I’m talking about in life, social media tricks you into thinking you want to reach certain milestones just because everyone else is.
I have to use getting engaged and married as an example because almost everyone my age knows that you can’t be in your mid 20’s without seeing an engagement post every week. I don’t want to be engaged right now. That would be literally terrible for me. I can’t imagine the stress of planning a wedding, we don’t really have our finances in check, we live 5 hours away from our friends and family. Now is not the time and we don’t want it.
But boyyyyyyyyyy when I see those shiny rings on my timeline I can’t help but go and look at them online to see how much it would cost to get one of my own. When I see those pretty white dresses I just want to try one on. Even when I see moms who have decided to stay home with their cute little babies I get a pang of jealousy.
I don’t even want kids! I don’t even like them that much!
Even with travel, I’m given the bug to book my vacation as soon as I’m back from a trip because of the fomo social media gives me. But social media really tricks you into thinking you want those things because of how glamorous they feel on the timeline.