If We Were Honest On Social Media

If We Were Honest On Social Media

What we actually think while using Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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As an avid user of an array of social media platforms, here are my thoughts on the most popular four- in order from best to worst.

Snapchat.

Pro: Snapchat is awesome. Streaks are a great way to force you and a friend to keep in touch, no matter how busy or far away you are. Also, I'm a sucker for the Cosmopolitan and Buzzfeed Snapchat stories, I'm not gonna lie.

Some people feel the need to watch all the stories to clear the notification; I am not one of those people. Also, why is the Snapchat camera a thousand times better than the Camera app? LMK.

Con: If your crush doesn't see your story where you look bangin' in the 24 hours it's available, oh well.
I'll be the one to say it: some Snapchat filters are absolutely ridiculous, and I'm not talking about the dog filter. I'm talking like puking rainbows and ugly ones like that. Why, just why?
Also, can we bring back Snapchat best friends? All these emojis are getting confusing.

If we were honest on Snapchat: I'm posting stories to make it look like a have a life, while trying to dodge Snaps from people I don't want to talk to.

Twitter.

Twitter is where you can completely be yourself, and Tweet and Retweet anything you want. There are so many funny accounts to follow. The Dory account for example (as in Dory from Finding Nemo, although unaffiliated with the film), Tweeted this last summer: "I love Twitter because everyone is real af. Instagram is like 'look how great my life is' while Twitter's like, 'I want to die, here's a meme.'" Twitter is the place where beautiful things like this happen:

Pro: I don't know how else to say this, but Twitter is a gift to the world. Twitter conversations, threads, memes, and Vines are hilarious. Plus, hashtags are super powerful, whether it be a new trend (ex. #WasteHisTime, #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly), the world watching something live together, like the Olympics or the Oscars, or a political movement (remember #ICantBreathe?).

Con: There are a ton of parody accounts to watch out for, stolen Tweets, and promoted Tweets and advertisements that can clog up your Timeline. Other than that, it only sucks when someone with a private account gets into an argument with someone you follow, so you can only see half the argument. Twitter wars are the best. Someone grab the popcorn.

If we were honest on Twitter: we are.

Instagram.

Pro: You can flaunt how awesome your outfit, hair, etc. looks today, as well as where you're traveling, who you're hanging out with, and whatever else you deem necessary to fit your "Instagram theme/aesthetic."

Con: You can easily spend literally hours looking at Instagram models and crying while hating your body. Everyone makes their lives look way cooler on Instagram than they do in real life, and it's easy to forget how fake it is. Thus, finstas!

Also, Instagram stories are dumb and SUCH a ripoff of Snapchat. You should be ashamed of yourself, Instagram. I'm not going to stop using you, but I'm not going to post an Instagram story #sorrynotsorry. And if I get ONE MORE notification saying someone started a live video, I'm going to scream.

Also, why isn't Instagram in chronological order anymore? AND, if I'm scrolling on Instagram and then I get another notification, like a Snapchat, and I go open it and respond to it, when I click back to the Instagram app, it's automatically back at the top. This is super annoying because I have to scroll all the way back down to where I was, and sometimes I forget and get all confused. Please fix this ASAP.

If we were honest on Instagram: I'm trying very hard to make myself look good and my life look awesome. It took a hundred photos, a ton of time editing and choosing a filter, and another decade to write a witty caption, to make a post at "prime Instagram like time" and track my likes religiously.

Facebook.

Pro: It is, in my opinion, the best way to stalk someone, or for a better word, investigate. You met a cute guy at a party last night and only have his first name and the college he attends? With a quick Facebook search, you can find him in no time, as well as the pictures of the family fishing trip he took in 2010. Facebook is amazing, really. If people don't delete old, embarrassing pictures, or pictures with exes, you can find all the information you need.

Con: Your entire family, including grandma, is on Facebook. Also, everyone has that friend who posts 600 photos a month to Facebook, and tag you in the ugliest pictures. And, in my opinion, the new options besides Like, including Haha and Angry, are unnecessary. Also, why does Facebook poking even exist? LMK.


If we were honest on Facebook: It may look like I have my life together, but I definitely do not.

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1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Through the ups and downs of life, things normally turn out okay. But is that because life keeps going or because we choose to learn from our experiences? For many people like myself, there is the fear that we will never reach our goals. We go through our days until something unexpected happens and throws us out of our comfort zone. Failure for example, not only shocks us but it dampens our confidence. Messing up isn't something many of us enjoy doing but we still find a way around it. It all comes down to the choices we make after the chaos. If you let it beat you down, you'll stay down. If you want to give it another try, then get back up. And if neither of those options sound good, I'm sure there's a way to crawl around to look for a fresh start.

Take "Monsters University" for example (spoiler ahead!) Two best friends get expelled. The movie begins with all the excitement of college, stocked with studying and shenanigans. As the story progresses, Mike and Sulley get into a mess of things that ultimately destroys their college careers. They no longer have the option to live in their fraternity or finish their scaring degrees. Being forced out of the university probably stung like pink Glow Urchins, but the process gave them a fresh start; Mike and Sulley took their opportunity to jump into the workforce, becoming the strongest scaring team Monsters Inc. had ever seen. In many cases, people—or monsters—let failure get the best of them. It's never easy to get going again. Mike and Sulley made an example that sometimes failure is what puts you on the path you thought you were already on. Their setback didn't stop them, it was merely a redirection.

To live life is to prove to yourself that you're much bigger than the failures and mistakes that tell you otherwise. The brothers of Oozma Kappa were all told point-blank they weren't scary. They took their failures as scarers and let it become reality. It wasn't the right path, so Mike and Sulley taught them the importance of confidence and perseverance. As a group, the monsters worked to get the stench of failure pushed in the right direction. Instead of dragging it along, they learned to accept it for what it is and keep it close behind instead of tethered.

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