The Social Media Dichotomy​

​Who are you really? Who is the real person behind the filtered photos, the filtered videos, the perfect angles, and the perfect lighting…

Who are you really? Who is the real person behind the filtered photos, the filtered videos, the perfect angles, and the perfect lighting? Who is the real person behind all of the social media verbiage? Don’t forget.

Social media is a powerful tool that can be utilized for good and for fun, but it seems that people often miss the mark when it comes to social media. The issue with social media is the attachment that people develop to it. Furthermore, at some point, people end up equating their self-value, social-value, and identity with the amount of followers they have and the particular types of pictures they choose to post; many people consistently engage in exhibiting a false sense of self to others via social media. A lot of people live through their social media profiles and their online friends’ profiles. It makes sense though right? We like seeing what other people are up to; we eat up the adventures of others and we can’t help but enjoy showing any and every cool adventure we take on as well. We want to be praised, appreciated, and well-liked by not only our peers, but masses of people around the globe that we have no clue even exist.

In real life, most of us genuinely only know a few people on a deep level, but we let social media deceive us into believing otherwise. In our society today, the definition of friendship has been mitigated to mean: a contact, a friend of a friend, an acquaintance, an acquaintance of an acquaintance, etc.). How many of the people you follow and are “friends” with on your social media profiles do you: have the phone numbers of, know where they live, and interact with on a daily basis? How many of these people do you actually interact with in-person (if they don’t live within a far proximity)? Are there people on your friends list that you have never met before? If so, you’re not alone.

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