I was reading an article about how a recent study found that social media is the leading cause for depression in teenagers. So I wanted to write a letter to them.
Dear Friends, social media isn’t real life! I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but let’s go over why it’s so important to understand that. Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, confused, wondering, comparing, and doubting if you’re good enough? So are we. This doesn’t make you weird or negative. This makes you human and normal. Social media began on the basis of filters. Everything is covered up, from the authenticity it once had. It’s not REAL anymore. Everyone on here wants you to believe that perfection is the only way. Imperfections aren’t likable and being the most popular is beyond important. As a 27 year old trying to figure out life myself, let me just speak your language real quick and tell you what a load of crap that is. Friends, your imperfections are not only beautiful, they are important to show. Important because vulnerability is REAL. Allowing yourself not to be OK, is in fact, very much OK!! Going through life with the standard that everything has to always and only be positive, is only setting you up to fail. Because it’s our mess that makes our message. Our imperfections are what makes us unique, and being real makes you, YOU. BE YOU. Today, i challenge you to stop comparing yourself to someone else. Stop filtering yourself to be like someone else. Because guess what, that person has their own set of problems. They’re going through something, too. And probably the reason they have to find validation on social media, is because they aren’t getting it where they desire it most. So don’t judge and don’t compare. Be grateful for being you. Be grateful for your problems! Be honest with your friends and your family because the real followers you have in life are a lot more important than the ones through a screen. Hug your momma. Give homework help to your friend. Give of yourself and give up on letting this silly and trite platform consume you. Go for a walk, eat ice cream, be a kid. And please know, that YOU, the real, unfiltered, imperfect, unique YOU... are enough.