Almost everyone has a social media account and is exposed to hundreds of posts, pictures, and advertisements about products. Not only is advertisement by companies at an all time high online, social media influencers and celebrities are also flaunting things to buy and possess. It’s interesting how things have become so money-focused and less about expressing yourself online and connecting with others.
I can’t help but think how over time this can negatively impact people, especially young people. Constantly seeing people showing their new car, designer handbags, $500 perfume, or huge collection of home decor items starts to make you feel like you don’t have enough. Not having the latest and greatest things could mess with their ideas of self worth as well as lead to unrealistic expectations.
I think in general U.S. culture has always had this materialistic mindset. Sometimes more emphasis is put on how much money someone makes or what nice things they have versus being a kind and decent human being. More and more people are becoming salesmen and women trying to influence their followers to buy more and get more. Social media used to be a little escape or somewhere to watch fun videos at the end of the day. Now it’s full of advertisements and the pressure to have more or get with the latest trends.
It’s important to be aware that having more material things does not equal more happiness. Social media is a highlight reel, and things aren’t always as perfect and glamorous as it may seem. I think if you’re feeling overwhelmed or negative after being online, it’s a good idea to take a break from your phone. Be grateful for what you have because there’s always someone out there who has less or is going through a more difficult time than you. Kindness and they way you make people feel is worth more than anything money can buy.