Facebook, Instagram … and the summer you miss

photos of Instagram taken on the beaches of Formentera, Amazing pictures of holidays in London, selfies taken during macro fashion festivals …

Let’s face it – we’re not so much interested in the beauty of what we see as in the ability to say it “I was here!“We use social media as an extension of our body and as such we project ourselves onto them trying to deliver the best possible image. The problem often comes when you see that what others are teaching is more appealing than what you can teach. could be that Instagram and Facebook are boosting the feeling of envy?

Question of self-perception

This was discussed in the article on FOMO Syndrome: New Technologies and the Digital Age. they lead to a widespread fear of not living life as intensely as (it seems) others do. However, on vacation it can be exacerbated.

Just look at the extent to which photographs of the most expensive destinations and the most exclusive places go viral. Let’s add another ingredient to this cocktail: the most famous and richest people are the ones who have the most subscribers on social networks. But if even Twitter or Instagram suggests we follow them when we haven’t even released our new user account!

Strange as it sounds, it can mean being subjected to a continuous burst of ideal summer images make us feel compelled to have experiences like the ones we see … just when these images tend to convey pleasure, relaxation, and the freedom to do whatever you want.

This is partly what makes us increasingly accompanied by technological support that allows you to take photos anywhere and in almost any condition: smartphones with good built-in cameras, submersible cameras, selfies, etc. . A moment not immortalized through a photograph is like a moment not lived, because it cannot be shared en masse by social networks.

But the problem with this isn’t just that we’re missing a camera at the right time: is that we need these moments to occur in the desired amount and in the required amounts. It is not enough to live pleasant sensations and situations: moreover, these experiences in which we live must be able to be photographed and must be able to be recognized by others as something to envy. People will be more in awe of Iguazu Falls than some photos taken in an Antarctic massif, no matter how much the latter is your favorite vacation destination.

Facebook and envy

How true is it that seeing the good that others do through social media makes us feel bad? It is certainly a fairly vague subject and not too easy to tackle scientifically, but there is some evidence to support this idea.

For example, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General shows in its results that you passively use Facebook for a few minutes (scroll vertically to see posts that others are making) it strengthens the feeling of envy and thus decreases emotional well-being.

Another research published in PLOS ONE reached similar results, and added another interesting fact: Face-to-face interactions did not have the same effects on subjective well-being as interactions through Facebook. In fact, they made the participants in the experience feel better, unlike what happened with using the social network.

Therefore, it would serve to reject the hypothesis that people feel bad about any form of social interaction. The envy and relative discomfort that using Facebook seems to have would be among the consequences of being exposed to images and posts that others have disclosed to provide a desirable image of themselves.

And it is that in fact, there is a very negative part in the use of the networks: “The depersonalization and the (in) communication in the social networks”

The doses of Instagram and Facebook, consciously and in their proper measure

Solutions to avoid this? The Facebook pair – envy could have deep roots given the power we have when it comes to modeling the image of ourselves we want to give the internet. Also, there doesn’t seem to be too much research in this regard, which makes it difficult to know what the best strategy is to deal with it.

However, the most likely and intuitive solution is Philosophically embrace the use of Instagram, Twitter and other digital platforms. On the one hand, we can remember that to believe that what we see is representative of the lives of others would be deceived. On the other hand, we could, for example, also give ourselves “vacations” on social networks. In this way, many other stimulating experiences are likely to arise, even without seeking them.

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