If you occasionally become envious on social media and pity your life while witnessing others’ happiness – then you aren’t to be blamed.
I’ve been experienced similar emotions, and have often judged myself for being jealous, and then corrected the wrongs in my head. “This is wrong, Vishal!”
Well, what I’ve realized over time is that if you experience such hideous feelings, which are triggered really easily online, then you aren’t to be blamed.
At its core, the whole social media ecosystem is designed to induce and arouse such emotions of insecurity – the amount of information and exposure to people itself is overwhelming.
Your emotions fluctuate with every few inches you scroll and try to relate whatever you see with your own life.
The comparison is unavoidable
Soon, you’re a part of a happiness race, which you witness until you’re tempted to finally hop in. Doesn’t matter whether you’ve barely been able to cope up with your recent struggles.
Then maybe you’ll upload a few selfies, put a picture of clouds with a soundtrack in your stories, or make a random travel plan.
But that leads to further exhaustion, as you realize the pointlessness of the pursuit. What more can one expect by responding to made-up moments of others’ lives in your own artificial ways?
We do cringe-worthy stuff and even experience an emotional turmoil that we might have no explanation for – social media makes our brains and hearts act weirdly.
Can be blamed for that?