Along with the advent of social media, people and society are living in a new dimension of life lead by illusions and fallacies. It has come to point where people are following the notion ‘seeing is believing’, where everything portrayed on the internet is true and that’s how reality actually is.
However, time and time again we’re alerted to not believe everything that is ‘shown’ to us. Social media has become a powerful medium for profit, be it for corporations or individuals. Saying that, information, videos, posts, photos and advertising made available on almost every social media platform to derive income and profit. It’s a great place to earn and socialize, but one should not take away anything more than that.
Social media was created to enhance communication while bringing simpler definition to socializing. You should always be the one taking control of your social media, and not the other way round. If you have been construing social media with these commonly imposed myths, then it’s time you take charge and disallow yourself from being victimized by the social media.
Myth 1: I have to be present on all social media platforms
Nope, you really don’t have to. With new social media platforms sprouting, it’s very exhausting and mentally challenging to keep up with all of them. Be active in a few that you can manage and for social browsing. It’s a great way to distress as well as learning new things. Manage a few accounts wisely and you’ll see a positive growth in yourself. Again, you don’t have to own and be present in every social media just to please others.
Myth 2: I’m really cool if I get a lot of ‘Likes’
Do not let your inner ego to take control of your life. It may seem that those with more ‘Likes’ and higher number of ‘Followers’ and the popular bunch. With more people believing in this myth, social media has become a place for competition and less of networking and information sharing. People who get more ‘Likes’ should really know that not everyone are genuinely liking you or your post. Sorry to say but most people are literally only scrolling through their feed and double tapping at first sight, out of compulsion.
Myth 3: I can post the same stuff on all social media platforms
Every social media platform has its own purpose. For instance, Facebook is for friends, Instagram is more intimate, Insta Stories and Snap Stories are for evidences you’d like to erase in 24 hours, and Twitter is for staying updated. So if you’re planning to post your romantic pictures in every platform, it might not be a great idea.
Myth 4: Those DIY tutorials look so easy
Of course a DIY date night makeup tutorial would look effortless and flawless, when it’s done by an old hand. Any DIY videos you see on social media is either rehearsed several times before it was uploaded, or done by someone seasoned at what they are doing. Cooking, makeup, and other DIY tutorials are meant to be for learning purposes, and your result will not be a duplicate of that. With time, know that you will get better. So don’t beat yourself up if DIY tutorials don’t work out well for you.
Myth 5: That couple is #relationshipgoals + #travelgoals
These hashtags are the sole reason why youths today are prey to such unrealistic expectations in relationships and travel. It’s immature to emulate and idolize a couple merely because of their perfect pictures with stunning backgrounds. There’s a lot of things that happen behind the scene before a great picture is taken. There are uncountable photo editors made available today to add effects that is missing in reality. Also, the happy couple you consistently stalk are probably about to breakup real soon. So never believe every picture you see on social media. We’re not saying be a skeptic, but don’t let pretty filters delude your reality either.
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