Social media. It is media for sure, but social... I’m not sure about that anymore. I would say it’s more of a presentation of our best selves or, rather, the version we would like to be. Looking for the perfect spots for pictures, filtering images using a small arsenal of different apps, applying filters to lighten up the sky, tan our skin, whiten our teeth, slim our bellies, remove cellulite and add a casual #nofilter. We always show and present only the best moments, or “highlights.”
What happens to the moments when we feel down, alone, crushed, defeated or in pain? More and more often, I see people going out and, instead of talking to each other and creating good memories, they try to catch those memories with their phones and post it on social media. Looking at the world through the phone looks great. Scrolling through "un-staged" photos and oh-it-just-so-happened-that-there-were-six-birds-in-the-sky shots, wearing the dress which matches the colours of the flowers in the bottom right corner, all white sporting flawlessly done nails, makeup and hair.
Instead of endlessly scrolling on social media, wishing for the perfect life that everyone tries to present, ask yourself what you can do to create an unforgettable moment for yourself (without documenting it on your phone!). It's good to have a tool for inspiration, but don't follow social media posts blindly. Keep in mind how many pictures were taken and just how much staging it took to get that one perfect shot. Trust me, I'm a designer.