Hanging out on social media can be a fun way to past the time if you are standing in line at the grocery store, waiting through a commercial or if you are just bored and have nothing else to do. But sometimes, social media can make you feel alone or make you jealous of the people you see on whatever social media platform you are using.
A few years back when I was having a really hard time with depression, every time I got on social media it seemed like all I saw was people going on trips, people really happy, people buying expensive items like new cars or campers. This really took a toll on me. It made me sink into an even deeper depression. I couldn’t stand seeing how happy and lucky everyone was, while I was barely hanging on. I felt like my world had stopped but everyone else’s was turning just fine.
I decided that I had to take a break from social media. I sent out a notification on Facebook that I was taking a break, then I deleted my apps so that I wouldn’t use them. I had to make my mental health priority number one. And this meant not going on all the social media platforms and seeing all the great trips and stuff people were going on and buying. That break lasted about four months.
But here’s the thing, people post what they want you to see. They don’t post the bad or the ugly for the world. Nobody wants you to know that yes, they bought a new car, but that they also have a $300 payment that they really can’t afford to go along with it. They just want you to see the fancy new car. They show you the fun trip they went on, but they don’t show you their savings account that only has $12.00 left in it after that trip.
Something I learned was that not everything you see is the whole story. They may be showing you a big, happy smile, but that doesn’t mean they actually are happy. That was just a second in time. Maybe right after that picture they went into the bathroom and cried. You never know the whole story from social media. I am in a much better place mentally now, and back on my social media platforms, but I am mindful to remember that not everything you see is the whole story. And that it is okay to take a break from the platforms periodically as I need it. Keep this in mind for your own mental health. Take a break if you need to and know that that is ok. You need to do what is best for you.