The truth about social me­dia

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE - By Yalda Gol­shar­ifi

For the past few years, social me­dia has been a huge part of my life. It has brought my fam­ily and I so many amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and al­lowed me to meet so many amaz­ing peo­ple. It is truly been a great ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever, there is an­other side to it that not ev­ery­body sees.

Social me­dia users, like my­self, tend to present the best pos­si­ble im­age of them­selves. We share the fun, ex­cit­ing, and pos­i­tive things go­ing on and share our most flat­ter­ing pho­tos, ba­si­cally cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion that life is per­fect, shar­ing one good time af­ter an­other. How­ever, this is not al­ways the case. I love show­ing the pos­i­tive side of life and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tiv­ity on my social me­dia ac­counts but this doesn't mean that my life is pos­i­tive all the time, which is what some peo­ple as­sume. Ev­ery­one faces ups and downs, which is to­tally nor­mal. This is one thing that both­ers me about social me­dia that peo­ple don't usu­ally get to see.

An­other is­sue re­lated to this topic is a lot peo­ple think that since our jobs are based on social me­dia and we don't work a 9-5, that we have it so easy and there's no work or ef­fort in­volved in any­thing we do, how­ever this is to­tally wrong. There is SO much time and ef­fort in­volved in the work I do and some­times it gets too much to han­dle. It can be frus­trat­ing when you get com­ments say­ing things like "you don't do any work "or "ev­ery­thing comes easy to you" or you have an easy life" be­cause that re­ally isn't true. If peo­ple could see what goes on be­hind the scenes I think they'd ap­pre­ci­ate the work we do a lit­tle more.

Hav­ing no pri­vacy is an­other chal­leng­ing as­pect of shar­ing your life on social me­dia. Don't get me wrong, I love shar­ing my life and my fam­ily with my fol­low­ers and sup­port­ers, how­ever these aren't the only peo­ple watch­ing. There are a lot of peo­ple watch­ing just to crit­i­cize you and in­vade your pri­vacy, which is hard to deal with some­times. I try to find a bal­ance with shar­ing my life and my fam­ily, but also keep­ing some things pri­vate which I think is very im­por­tant. Liv­ing in the mo­ment is some­thing I re­ally trea­sure so when mak­ing mem­o­ries with my fam­ily and go­ing through cer­tain ex­pe­ri­ences, there needs to be a time when the phones and cam­eras shut off and we can enjoy these ex­pe­ri­ences pri­vately as a fam­ily. Those are some of the mo­ments I trea­sure the most.

With social me­dia and the Internet in gen­eral, al­ways re­mem­ber, what you see isn't al­ways what you get. There's a lot more that goes on that isn't ex­posed and I think it's im­por­tant for peo­ple to un­der­stand that be­fore judg­ing and jump­ing to con­clu­sions.

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