‘Face­book isn’t the real world!’

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We all know that feel­ing of look­ing at a friend’s Face­book pho­tos and see­ing them en­joy an amaz­ing hol­i­day/night out etc, so I un­der­stood when a new study re­vealed that “per­fect fam­ily posts” on so­cial me­dia fuel anx­i­ety. If life isn’t go­ing well for you, and you’re suf­fer­ing with in­se­cu­ri­ties, it might seem like they are rub­bing their good times in your face. The study also said that as many as half of par­ents polled think that so­cial me­dia chan­nels like In­sta­gram and Face­book cre­ate un­re­al­is­tic and unattain­able ex­pec­ta­tions of fam­ily life, which can trig­ger de­pres­sion. I’m con­vinced it’s go­ing to get worse and es­ca­late.

But these posts are so of­ten not the “real world”, and it’s wor­ry­ing that peo­ple take it so se­ri­ously. We have to un­der­stand the fact that no­body is lead­ing the “per­fect” life, and who is go­ing to post a pic­ture when they look tired, mis­er­able or hav­ing a fam­ily ar­gu­ment? I only joined Face­book a few years ago in 2010, when I was film­ing Din­ner Party Wars in Canada. It was an easy way of let­ting my friends know what I was up to, plus I do like to nose around ev­ery­one else’s pho­tos. I am on In­sta­gram, too, as part of my work life; it’s part of the deal nowa­days. But I am care­ful and, gen­er­ally, my In­sta­gram is full of work stuff like red car­pet ap­pear­ances and in­ter­views.

I have a healthy, cyn­i­cal per­spec­tive on it af­ter be­ing in the busi­ness for 34 years. But if peo­ple feel so­cial me­dia is af­fect­ing their men­tal health, they need to sim­ply turn away from their screens.

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