No, Social Media is not Real Life

Lately, there has been an overload of people all over the internet acting surprised to find out that social media is not real life. Well… duh! Real life doesn’t have filters, captions, hashtags, and perfectly timed moments. People don’t sit back while you live your life, and scream “LIKE!” when you’ve accomplished something–but that would be totally encouraging if people did, just sayin’. Life is so full of unexpected moments that social media cannot possibly capture it all. Social media is planned- something happens and THEN you tweet it, make it a status update, or you perfectly set-up a picture. Before you hit send there are countless proofreads, edits, and tweaks applied. For most aspects of life things aren’t totally planned and thought out. If they were, life would be lacking excitement and mystery.

Don’t get me wrong, I obviously love social media. But, I don’t know why it is suddenly so surprising that people are paid to post things on social media…it’s called word of mouth marketing. WOM marketing is for brands to utilize their popular clients and their following; in return the brands get more business. If brands didn’t pay or compensate individuals to share their products, how would more people find out about the company? If {edited} photographs didn’t perfectly and flawlessly capture how amazing the product really is, would anyone want to buy it? My guess is probably not. Influencers need to plan, edit, and perfect product placement to engage interest from the general public. It makes sense from a marketing standpoint as well as a general standpoint.

So, yes, social media is not real life. But it highlights pieces taken from an individuals everyday life that they want to share with the world. I bet you edit a picture or post before sending it out– and yes, a filter counts because no one lives in Mayfair or Lo-Fi.

You can only experience real life through actually living life, not through screens. Social media has a way of getting inside our heads and telling us we aren’t good enough. What we really need to remember is that social media is not real life, and that real life is much better than the bits we see on screen.

Emily Riane