I'll warn you now...you're going to see some bad photos of me in this post...all to prove a point. :) I hope they make you laugh and think "why in the world did she post that photo?!"
Social media has gotten out of control. While there are so many good reasons to use it, I feel like the number of bad reasons is constantly increasing. Here's my biggest issue with it:
It has become a place to brag about yourself, post only the great photos, talk only about how wonderful and romantic your significant other is and we're losing sight of what it means to be real with each other and admit that our lives ARE NOT PERFECT. How many of you have seen a long, mushy post about how great some girl's boyfriend is then the next day her status changes to 'single' so he must not have been that great?!
Then when you see someone post something negative, you hide them in your newsfeed, because you're tired of their complaining. I'm right there with you.
Don't tell me that you don't take a million photos before picking out the perfect one to post! I honestly would love to see more realistic photos of someone's life. Let's be real with each other. I think there's a fine line between the perfect stuff and the complaining.
I'll tell you this...my life is NOT perfect. There are so many wonderful things, but there are also really hard things. Marriage is tough - my hubby and I love each other deeply and do so well in some areas but have conflict in other areas. That's life. I don't always love my job. I don't always put on makeup. My house is not always clean. And I occasionally eat something that is not made from scratch and yes, I use Velveeta in my queso! Yum!
Here are some fun examples...thank you, family, for being my subjects:
I don't believe in airing your dirty laundry on social media. There's a difference in what's appropriate to post and what is TMI. I think this is why I like blogging so much. I'm getting to know some really great women who are honest about life and all of it's imperfections.
Facebook and Twitter only offer snapshots that can easily be misinterpreted.
I will continue to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and this blog because I love networking. It is a great way to keep up with your friends that live far away. I have gotten to where I just don't post often.
Remember that what you see isn't always what it seems. No one has a perfect life. Don't compare your imperfect life to someone else's life who only posts perfect photos. There's always another side.
What do you think about this? How can we be more transparent with each other without crossing a line?