There’s been a huge wave of Instagram vs. real life on social media happening lately.
It’s in memes, Instagram Stories/Snapchat confessions and blog posts like this one.
It seems that somewhere along the scrolls we got tired of extremely curated content and realized Instagram is just a highlight reel. As a blogger, I even noticed a quick snap from my iPhone receives higher engagement than something posed or filtered.
It’s actually refreshing. Not every day is a fabulous trip to Europe or a scenic, walk with your loved one. Those are just the moments we choose to share. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Instagram vs. real life is our friendly reminder not to fall for unrealistic expectations we get when we peek into the social media lives of the people we follow. It’s kinda like watching a chick flick and thinking Ryan Gosling is gonna write you every day for a year. #TheNotebook #YoureNotEvaMendes
I personally love curating content because it’s a creative outlet and it fuels my imagination. It’s fun for me to dream up these ideas then see them come to life. I started this little space of mine for that reason, and the hopes of finding a strong, fun community of fab women.
But there’s something to be said about liberating yourself from wanting to look “perfect” in every shot and just going with the flow. Maybe this totally dates me but I remember the time when you had to go to Walgreens – or wherever – to get your pictures developed! You only got that one shot and however it came out was the memory you had forever.
Now seeing more people point out that Instagram isn’t their “real life” and their “perfect” feed doesn’t equal a perfect life could be a new wave of social media – a more “this is who I am, take it or leave it” approach.
What do you guys think?
I love pretty pictures. And I love when people are honest so I embrace both. I believe if creating beautiful, curated content is authentic to your self then continue doing it! I also believe that if sharing behind-the-scenes, true “I woke up like this” selfies, and talking about honest, raw things is authentic to your self then continue doing that!
The problem, at least for me, doesn’t lie with the person I’m following – it’s all in my perspective. If I’m letting the comparison game get to me then I need to re-evaluate myself. To live my life in the best way I can is the goal and I shouldn’t focus on what others are doing.
I always say it’s nice to notice and appreciate what so-and-so posts then go back to your lane and hone in on your work.
I like a pretty Instagram feed. So I’m going to continue doing me. But I also want everyone to know that life is not always peachy keen and to remember that the next time you feel a certain way after scrolling through social media.
What are your thoughts on Instagram vs. Real Life? Does it even bother you or are you totally fine with the whole concept?
I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
Happy Monday loves!