egotistic: characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance.
Something has been on my mind lately – the perceived lives of those around me in comparison to my own life. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that my everyday use of social networks had a lot to do with this.
I don’t have the stats to hand but it is acknowledged that many of us are using social networks constantly throughout the day whether that is Facebook, Google+, Twitter or YouTube. I’m sure you, if you’re anything like me, check them at least twice a day – taking a break from work to tweet or scrolling through your newsfeed before bed or first thing in the morning. But how much of what you read is actually relevant or that interesting to you? Are social networks just a habit that we play-out just to time waste?
Another aspect of social networks is that they contain people that finely tune their lives and profiles to reflect their own personalities. A lot of these personalities and reflections are actually not accurate. I know I do this myself, so who am I to judge others – I don’t have a problem with it. However, I do have a problem with all the egotistical and vacuous posts that fill my feeds on a daily basis.
How often are you subjected to people posting statuses or tweeting about the supposed ‘hardships’ in their lives? Scrolling through my feeds, the majority of updates are not passive, like sharing articles or music, they are updates about what happens day to day in people’s lives but even this isn’t a bad thing. Checking sad and depressing feeds all day wouldn’t be enjoyable and I’d never want to go back. However, it is important to note that when you check these networks that everything you see has gone through this social filter. What will people like me for? What will they find interesting?
It’s important to keep this in mind otherwise you’ll end up like me, feeling like your life is fairly dull in comparison to everyone else although this is FAR from the truth. Everyone has their own highs and lows in their life – nobody has it easy and everyone measures success in different ways. What’s important is honesty and the ability to be humble and happy because we all just want happiness in life.
Perhaps I should check my networks less?