Imagine yourself sitting at the dinner table and a meal of grandeur is served by your waiter, before anyone takes a bite the phones come out, snap, and your latest indulgence is shared on Instagram and Facebook for everyone to see. Most of us, if not all, have committed this dirty deed.
The act of grabbing a camera is becoming a routine in our lives. Some of us do not go days or even weeks without posting a selfie or a #ootd (outfit of the day). These mementos originated as a way to share a piece of our lives, but now they are increasingly becoming a way to seek attention.
A survey by SocialTimes.com reported that 74 percent of 16-24 year olds have a ‘need’ to always have their mobile device.
Due to our lust for fame, Jenna Wortham claimed “we have lost our grasp on reality.”Her article Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy discusses how Instagram “isn’t about reality –it’s about a well-crafted fantasy, a highlights-reel of your life that shows off versions of yourself that you want to remember and put on display in a glass case for other people to admire and browse through.”
Showing off the best versions of ourselves constantly creates pressure, making self-acceptance harder to achieve when you are busy trying to maintain a level of perfection.
To escape the hands of the narcissistic creature, take a moment and think about why you are posting. Do you want others to enjoy in your moment? To envy you? Or are you habitually accustomed to sharing every detail of your life and are only satisfied by a high number of likes?
I don’t dissuade sharing on social media, but let’s remember to treasure these moments for ourselves instead of letting the camera do it for us
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By Taja Whitted