I’m sure you have a social media account, may it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or all of it. I’m also sure that you are following some people who seem to have a life that is so perfect that you can’t help but envy them. It’s like they were born with the skill to find their perfect selfie angle, to locate the best lighting anywhere and the creativity to make their photos look so artsy and Instagram-worthy. Well, that’s how social media works. People only post things they want to show you and omit the bad parts so you’d think that they’re happy and that their life is you know, better than yours.

It’s only natural that we would want to appear like we’re always having a great time so we wouldn’t feel bad about ourselves, but I didn’t think that social media could be so fake. I bet you didn’t know too. Well, to make my point clear, take a look at the photos below, they’ll show you just how deceiving social media can be.

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The ability to skillfully crop an unsightly photo to perfection seem to be a trait these people possess. However, it’s not their fault that we’re so easily deceived into thinking that they have their life all figured out. Truth is, it’s our fault for being gullible. We should keep in mind that the things in social media are just a portion of a person’s life and cannot tell us  everything. There is so much more going on behind the camera which we do not see. To prove it to you, let me introduce you to Essena O’Neill, an 18-year old Australian model who quit social media because she realized how fake it really is.

O’Neill was an Instagram sensation and model before she deleted her account, but before doing so, the teen model decided to tell the truth behind her photos. Check the photos below and see how flawlessly she bared the truth about social media and our secret craving for society’s attention and approval.

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Gaining likes in social media is so addicting because it gives us this sense of approval and the feeling of being liked, but it’s false. It is not real. We manipulate our photos so we’d look prettier based on society’s standards and then we expect likes and praises for self-validation. Admit it, we’re all  guilty of boasting about ourselves on social media, like where we went for summer vacation, what gifts we received last Christmas, how perfect our partners are that we even post couple selfies with #relationshipgoals as captions. Let’s be real here for a second, what did you get from sharing these details to the world? I bet you got excited for your follower’s reactions or got anxious whether your likes will reach 20 or not. This is not how our lives should be. Social media has messed up our priorities and distracted us from our real goals.

We’re not saying we should go all Essena O’Neill and quit social media entirely. But we do advise you remember that not everything you see there is real, and that some people are not as happy as they want you to think. So stop comparing yourselves to them and stop trying to compete with everybody else. You don’t know what goes on behind somebody’s life because they do not share the depressing and embarrassing parts. Their life in squares, in snaps, in tweets and in posts do not tell the entire story – keep that in mind.

Rozzette Anne Reyes

Rozzette Anne Reyes is a graduate of University of the Assumption with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. You can find her online, sharing funny cat videos or tweeting about her writing progress. You can follow her on Twitter at @noitszette and on Instagram at @roanrey.

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