Katarina Churich ’15
If one goes to a party and no one posts an Instagram about it, did it really happen? With our world so engrossed in social media, we are contributing to a gradual decline in the revelation of our true identities. What appears on someone’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is most likely not the same image as their real self. Our generation is more caught up in how our lives look to others than how our lives feel to ourselves; therefore, we display the image that our lives are fun-filled and exciting by posting misleading photos of certain events. This craze of wanting to publish our social lives online has also led to a decrease in human interaction.
I, too, have been a victim of this consuming idea when attending parties and taking tons of photos to share online. At numerous events and parties, I have seen people wasting up to ten minutes in order to take photos that the rest of the school will view online for merely a matter of seconds. So why are we so dependent on these fronts we create on social media? Because whether we like it or not, it is part of our human nature to judge people on first or singular impressions, and we desperately crave a positive image as well as general social acceptance.
Now, this is a vast generalization. Obviously there are teenagers who are not as concerned with how people view their lives; therefore, they do not participate in this obsession. This is merely a reminder not to take others’ social media profiles too seriously. Someone’s photo, tweet, or status could emit a misleading notion that their lives are more interesting than yours. True identity lies in the flesh. People can create false information about themselves online, but it is much more difficult to mask one’s true self when faced with reality.
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