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Basing Our Self-Worth On Social Media
Disclaimer: I am totally guilty for the following. I am probably one of the top offenders, and if this was a crime I’d be on Canada’s Most Wanted List. Even though I can portray these certain behaviours, I don’t necessarily agree or condone basing self-worth off of social media.
There are a lot of pretty girls in the world. And I mean, A LOT. My best friends are all complete knock out babes just to start. In a society where millions of airbrushed girls are at our finger tips daily, it’s hard not to play the compare game. The following article on Huff Post explains how, “we’re only getting people’s highlight reels and comparing it to ourselves” and that this has impacted 60% of people’s self-esteem in a negative way.
It’s just human nature for us to compare ourselves to others; to judge ourselves based on what we see online and offline. We take one hundred selfies just to delete them all. We buy a trendy drink to post it and then throw it out immediately after. But at the end of the day, what are the real things that matter? Why are we basing our self-worth, our big defining moments, on tiny little screens? Why is the tap of a finger so important to us? Why do I delete selfies that don’t reach 1,000 likes and ask my mom for reassurance, “Do I look weird in this?” None of these things actually matter. One day we’re all going to be old and wrinkly, and what will matter are the memories we made and the people we shared them with.
We need to stop basing our worth on likes and comments. Honestly, these things are so minuscule in the big picture of it all. If you really think about it and break it down, that person took a millisecond to double tap your picture. What fulfilling purpose is that really serving your life? Is that tap going to save you in the middle of the night when you’re lonely and need someone to talk to? Why aren’t we basing our worth off of healthy relationships we have with loved ones? These mundane actions we let seriously affect our self-worth are ludicrous. Call your mom. Take your dog for a walk. Go on a date with that guy who’s been asking you for a month but, “he only has like 300 followers and his ratio is really bad.” Maybe he could turn out to be the love of your life and it’s awesome he doesn’t base everything off of Instagram.
There’s bigger purposes for us than social media out there in the world. Yes it’s great for connecting people, but there’s more fulfilling things we can do than get reassurance via an over-edited picture. Spend time with the people who love you, and actually know you. Those warm, fuzzy feelings will go a lot farther and last a lot longer.