Online Profiles: How misleading they can be
I was watching this video where Yasmin Mogahed and Mizz Nina discussed social media from an Islamic perspective. They touched on how Muslims can use social media responsibly and respectfully. On the other hand, they also mentioned how narcissistic and self-obsessed people can be due to social media and the psychological implications this can have on someone.
I've noticed a worrying trend of people posting on their profiles with no boundaries whatsoever. From every single detail of their personal life to their work life, what they buy, what they wear plus selfies for every single occasion. #nomakeup Does that ring a bell?
This tendency to exhibit everything we have, although therapeutic to some, can bring out some major insecurities in others. For example, a person who hates how she looks will look at a picture of a very beautiful woman and compare herself to an edited and filtered version of a girl who probably took 30 minutes to do her hair and makeup and an additional 10 minutes to find the most flattering angle. Don't dismiss the possibility that some girls may have had cosmetic surgery done to their faces.
I'm not trying to bring anyone down; what they post is their business but we as social media users should know that most people only reveal the best of themselves online. Why compare your WHOLE life to a small and edited portion of person's life?
A huge part of my job involves me studying and looking out for trends on social media. Anything to do with social media, I'm your girl. It's interesting because social media have become an integral part of our lives. The first and last thing we do is to check our phones for notifications so it's not surprising that social media have become something we turn to for inspiration. We're not just what we eat; we're also what we read, watch and listen.
Outside cyberspace, we're all smart enough to not believe everything we hear. A stranger comes up to us and tells us he's a rich millionaire who can make us wealthy overnight; we'll probably nod politely and then dismiss him after that. What a freak. It shouldn't be any different when you're online—what makes you think people are what they 'post' to be? We should be critical (not judgmental, there's a difference) when viewing people's profiles online.
We should never idolise or admire someone to the point that we feel that we're not good enough. Don't drool over 'instafamous' people and in the process make you forget what you're blessed with; this turns people into envious trolls. It's sad because instead of working hard to improve themselves, they're letting negativity prevent them from going further in life. Being jealous and hateful brings you absolutely nowhere.
Know the difference between online personas and reality; the former doesn't reflect the latter. What people post online can be edited to perfection but come on, is anyone's life ever perfect? If someone is too good to be true, trust me, they probably are.