A few years ago I went out with a group of friends and we had a bad night. From what you saw on social media, however, you’d think it was a wonderful time. While the actual night was full of tense conversations and long silences, the account of it on social media made it seem as though we’d had the time of our lives, a blast, #anighttoremember.
We were more focused on looking like we were having a good time than on actually having one.
When I went out with my friends that night we didn’t have a good time, yet it appeared as though we had–so it almost seemed true later. There’s nothing wrong with photos that are altered or filtered, but the problem is that we still believe these photos reflect reality when they often don’t. The problem is that when everyone else believes the false image we’ve created of ourselves, sometimes we start to believe it too. We become so busy painting a beautiful picture of our lives, we forget that maybe we don’t have to do anything but look around at reality to see beauty.