STORY BY JOE HERBA AND VICTORIA TRAMP
Joe: Facebook: the place where you can brag to friends about how awesome that one concert was, then stalk that one cute girl you just met just to see if she might be “talking” to anyone. You have twitter to say everything you are doing, even if you are posting at 2 in the morning quoting Lana Del Rey. You have Instagram to show everyone else how artsy you are or to prove that you actually did have dinner last night.
No matter what kinds of social media people use, people tend to put their best feet forward. I am not saying at all that I don’t use it. I do use it a lot, but sometimes I’ll post a picture and think, “Hey, I got quite a few likes on this, wow!” But then I think, “Why do I care if others like my picture or not?”
The way to be happiest on social media is to do it for you! Do you look cute in that picture? Do you think it is funny? Do you want that to represent you? If the answers are yes, do it and don’t look at the likes!
I have heard people say things like “I got 40 likes in five minutes, so basically I’m pretty popular.” This make me feel sad for them because they are looking for approval of those around them. If you’re ever bored, go on Facebook or Instagram and just randomly like things. I find that it makes a lot of people’s days happier whether they know it or not.
Now onto the fun things! When used properly, Facebook and Snapchat can be your biggest allies. Snapchat in particular can be the best flirting tool because it’s more personal than texting. Double-snapping is also super common and not overtly strange, and you never know if it was a mass-sent snap or if it was sent just to one person, so it really takes over the over-thinking that happens every time you send someone a text.
Plus, you can get so goofy with it when you draw things or use the filters to create something creative and fun. Perhaps your crush will associate you with fun, and that is never a bad thing.
Facebook is also a game-changer because you can use it to message that cute girl you ran into, but were too shy to ask for her number, but yet creepily remember her name was spelled with two L’s and a silent G. It creates avenues that can open doors or help just make new friends. So use that social media wisely and as always, have some fun with it!
Victoria: Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Pinterest. Vine. Snapchat. These social media tools were designed to keep people in touch. In 2015, people of all ages strive to update their statuses, tweets and profiles and show their best self.
Facebook and other social media have become a virtual bragging system.
For teenagers, it’s through photos of what parties the person attended, the new car their dad bought them or pictures with political leaders — as if they already have a solid political base and flawlessly know exactly what they believe.
For adults, social media is a way to brag about their kids: what school their kids are attending, the vacation spot their spouses went on with them, etc. It’s a way to keep up with the Joneses without having to be around people. Through these posts and statuses, you only see the best of people.
The point of this article is not to bash everyone that uses social media; it’s a fabulous thing if it is used the right way. However, when looking through someone’s online profile, it’s important to remember that they created his or her own profile, and that viewers can only see what the users want them to see.
That being said, viewers won’t know if that person had a crappy day unless the person posted about it. Viewers wouldn’t know if that person’s marriage is struggling, or if they got bullied at school that day. Why? It’s because it’s only possible to see what they want viewers to see, and what they want viewers to see is most likely the happiest, most successful, best version of them.
They’re not perfect. They have their own struggles, their own perceptions; their own life. What viewers see online is what the person strives to be not only online but in life; everyone wants to be the best version of themselves.
They don’t have the perfect, flawless lifestyle that their profiles exhibit. While scrolling through social media profiles, you see the outgoing, fun-loving person that that person strives to be. It’s not necessary to feel bad, start a diet or get a better job in order to buy cuter clothes to impress people you don’t even care about.
The point should not be to feel bad about yourself and wish you had what others have.
What you should do instead is work towards being confident and do what is necessary to improve yourself.