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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Are we addicted to social media?

Are you one of those people who frantically reaches into your handbag for your phone to take a picture of your meal as soon as it hits the table? Let's be honest the majority of us are guilty of doing this wether it be taking a snap of your gingerbread latte in Costa or sneakily trying to take a photo of your Nando's so that the whole of Instagram knows that you're currently munching on peri peri chips and butterfly chicken. 

I'll hold my hands up and admit that I am one of those people *hangs head in shame*. If you dare to go to a restaurant with me then it's highly likely I'll embarrass you by taking roughly 10 photos of my meal, and let's just say I'm not the discrete photo taking type either. What's this saying about us though, maybe we're ever so slightly addicted to social media? Not only will we go to all lengths to get the perfect picture for Instagram but the first thing we'll do in the morning is check our phone before doing anything else, then check again throughout the day to make sure we haven't missed anything and the last thing we'll do before we go to bed is check how many likes we got on our latest post. 

Although I'm just a little bit addicted to social media I definitely have a love/hate relationship with it and guessing that most of you probably feel the same way too? As somebody who isn't able to go out and socialise with friends all of the time without social media I really wouldn't speak to anybody besides my family. But then on the other hand if I didn't constantly scroll through Instagram I probably wouldn't compare myself to others as much as I do, when you scroll past countless selfies of girls who are absolutely stunning you're bound to feel a bit rubbish about yourself. I'm sure most of you girls will know the struggle! 

I of all people should know that not all of what you see online is what it seems. At first glance that picture you've just saw of a group of girls on a night out might look like their having the greatest night ever but in reality they've probably fallen out, had a cry about something irrelevant and alcohol fuelled and all in all had a bit of a rubbish night. So that same picture with the caption 'Last night with the girls' isn't really a true perception is it? Always remember to stop and think before you compare your life to somebody else's on social media because I can tell you now you cannot truly tell what their life is really like, after all you only see the highlighted reel and not the 'behind the scenes'

Anybody that has a nosy at my Instagram (don't worry, we all do it) probably thinks that all I do is take photos of my makeup, bakes cakes and lives this dream life of just permanently going out for meals. I wouldn't say that I purposely try to give people the perception that I have a perfect life but I certainly never share if I'm having a bad day because let's face it who wants to be one of those people everybody scrolls past on Facebook whilst doing the famous eye roll? Not me. What I'm trying to say is majority of people won't share the bad things online so just remember that whilst looking at people's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 

The reason I decided to write this blogpost is because I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Do you think that we all use social media a bit too much? 

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