Everyone is on social media these days – and as fun as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and their ilk can be, most of their users are now living in a new realm of delusion and falsehood. Here’s how: social media platforms’ most dedicated users have gotten so attached to, dependent on, and even addicted to social media, that they’ve entered a state where “seeing is believing”, in that whatever they read or see online is factual and how the world actually is.
But often, we are warned not to believe everything that is “revealed” to us. Social networking has developed into a potent tool for making money, whether for businesses or for people. In order to generate revenue and profit, information, videos, posts, images, and advertising are made available on practically all social media platforms. And if we’re not careful to filter everything we see, we’ll end up in trouble sooner or later. If you’re someone who scrolls on your social feeds with the attitude of believing everything you see is for real, then we’re here to break some myths you should stop believing.
More Likes Means You’re Cool
Well, to put it politely – not true. In addition to being extremely depressing to allow a thumbs-up elevate your life, it’s also misleading, because the majority of people are compelled to merely read through their feed and double tap on things they like. Also, the site itself is indirectly boosting you in gaining traction if your profile is public. Social media has changed from being a place for networking and information sharing to one for competition as more people start to believe this fallacy. Individuals who receive more “likes” ought to be aware that not all of them are sincere endorsements of them or their posts.
You Must Be On Every Platform
Not necessarily. You have no idea how draining it would become, not to mention how much battery and energy you would need, to be active on all the major social media platforms. Keep in mind that the key is to be open with others while avoiding self-promotion. People will tire out faster the more you offer. Have a price in mind, and choose your social media accounts carefully. It’s acceptable to use only the social media platforms that suit you the most rather than using them all.
Your Followers Worship You
We’re sorry to burst your bubble, but this just ain’t true. There are all sorts of snoops and stalkers who enjoy spending their free time probing your life – yes, you, a complete stranger. And just because they constantly like or comment on your feed, it doesn’t mean all of them are genuinely doing so. Some just want to know more of what’s going on in your life. However, there are also true friends – the ones who are there to embarrass you and smother you with PDA!
Posting The Same Things On All Platforms Is OK
If you’re using multiple social platforms, you need to know the sole purpose of doing so. For Facebook, it’s more about making friends. Instagram, on the other hand, is mainly for pictures and is more private. Whereas Twitter is mainly for the latest updates, and TikTok is for keeping up with the latest trends. So, stop posting your private or relationship pictures everywhere and end up getting eye rolled traction.
What You See Isn’t Always Real
Social media is a platform to be whoever and whatever you want. Who or what you see online aren’t necessarily what they seem. Moreover, hashtags are likely the cause of some of our irrational expectations. In reality, the sky isn’t bright pink and the beach isn’t so blue; that’s the work of a magical software called Lightroom or Photoshop, and the couple you admire so much isn’t going to make it to happily ever after. We’re not advocating being pessimistic, but you also shouldn’t allow pretty filters cloud your perception of reality. Thus, resist the need to believe everything you see.