Do you try to make your life seem perfect on social media? This is a cry for validation.
Social media platforms like Facebook were not intended to be sources of validation for people’s insecurities. They are meant to be tools for social interaction, promoting friendship both near and far, connecting family we don’t see on a regular basis, or simply enjoying the company of strangers. However, these environments can quickly become toxic as people see how “perfect” others’ lives are and feel either the need to one-up them or a sense of lacking in their own “incomplete” lives. Many individuals have become addicted to posting pictures or updating their status in order to get more “likes” and thus obtain a greater sense of self-worth. More and more, people are losing the ability to determine their own value and instead rely on outsiders, often complete strangers, to boost their self-esteem. It is said we are our own worst enemy, and it is becoming increasingly apparent as we judge ourselves more harshly.