Liedentity #1: how does social media make you feel?Articles . Blog
Worthless. Worthless. Jealous. Inadequate. Terrible. Fat. Pressured. Self-conscious. Invalidated. Not good enough. Social media has affected my confidence, and the way I actually talk to people, and my confidence in my daily life, and how I’m being portrayed by others is more important than daily activities. It just makes me think how come they’re like that and I’m not. It makes me feel ashamed about my own body. It puts you in an endless cycle of harm. It made me feel like I wasn’t enough. When I wake up, I just look terrible, so looking at them makes me feel bad. It makes me feel quite upset about my appearance. It makes the off-days a little bit harder. And that made me feel kind of, like not good enough. And then when I look at myself, I feel like I’m fatter than everyone else and I don’t really like the way I look, and I get a lot of pressure from that. I started off, maybe social media was like a joke, but as it started to get more serious, I started to be more self-conscious about what I posted and how I looked and everything. I wasn’t being who I am now. I wasn’t being the real me. The little things that are going wrong in your life … … maybe shouldn’t be. It makes me feel jealous and insecure about my own life. There’s always that thought in the back of your mind about the ‘Like’ rating. Why do I not have as many Likes as them? And then you begin to question yourself, and you begin to question your self-worth, and you try and make yourself better. When I see someone on social media, I always want to be like them I want to look like them, but when I try, it doesn’t quite come out. It got to the point where I judged myself on how I looked so much, that I just felt like I wasn’t good enough to even be around. I feel like I have to make myself skinny, and have these curves, and not have fat and stop eating things that I really enjoy, because I really want to look a certain way. I’ve got to reach a certain goal in how I look and I’m aware that that’s not a good feeling to have and yet I can’t help but think it. It can make you quite self-conscious about what you look like and how you are. …and think actually, I don’t look like I’m supposed to. It can affect how my day is going to go. It can have such a damaging affect on mental health. …because not everybody’s made that way. So.
Written by Michelle Gutierrez
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