Social Media – The double-edged sword?

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.”

– Benjamin Franklin

This article is focusing on social media platforms for everyday people, and not the business side of it.

Remember the old fashion photo albums where you place your pictures? They contain your happiest memories with short notes about what happen at that moment. In short, it’s an exciting book about the persons past and present. However, nowadays these photo albums are online and people have hundreds or even thousands of pictures from every single moment of life.

Today social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., Is a modern day “photo album” with a highly addictive additional perks. These platforms are a great communication & entertainment tool. They help you reach your family, friends and millions of people around the world easier than ever before.

Majority of people use these platforms on daily basis and having an online “photo album” such as Facebook or Instagram is a modern day trend. Sharing pictures with the world and spreading the “happiness”.

If everything is so good then what do I mean saying that social media is a double-edged sword? Let me explain.

The tricky part is that seeing other peoples happiness is highly addictive and destructive at the same time. For example, imagine you are in a tough spot, struggling financially or feeling lonely. Then you use Facebook or Instagram where you follow your friends and family and what you often see is that people you follow are having the best time of their life such as: traveling, getting promoted at work, starting families, etc., Then why is this bad?

Well when you are exposed to other peoples happiness over and over when you are struggling the normal human emotion such doubt and self-worth will cause you stress and anxiety. Questions will appear in your head, you will start to worry and your self-confidence will be damaged. Moreover, let’s not forget that people tend to use these online “photo albums” only to share the “happiest” moments of their life (with some exceptions).

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

– Christopher Robin.

This is not the case with everyone. There are people which might get inspired and motivated by others success and this might be the case for you, if it is, congratulations, keep it up and you will get through all the hardships.

However, the ones that experience difficult times and feel pressure from the social platforms, please keep in mind that not everything that happens on the front of the picture is true & that people often only share the “happy” moments. Just keep in mind that where you are right now is just temporary, even if it seems that it will never end it will. In case it gets too hard to cope, try limiting your time on social platforms, and if that is still not enough try speaking to someone you trust or find trained professional that can help you with what you are going through. Just don’t give up.


This article was written by Mantas Kalade and is based purely on his opinion about the social media platforms.

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