It's time to talk about a critical part of the social media culture that we can all feel free to admit we are a part of, stalking.
Okay- that makes it sound creepy. But we're all guilty of it despite its eerie connotation. You click on the profile of the friend of a friend tagged on Instagram and before you know it, you know every place they've vacationed in the last year and the names of all their siblings and their significant others.
Not creepy, right?
It seems like it but it's the complete norm of our social society now. We know about people's lives before we even meet them and that's IF we ever meet them.
We get deep into the lives of Instagram famous people that we will most likely never meet. But this is where the question arises- do we know them or do we only think we do?
We portray ourselves on social media as the person that we want people to think we are.
Think about it- when you take photos, you post the one that you look the best in, right? You post the Snapchat story that makes it look like you and your friends are having the most fun, right?
When you and your significant other are fighting, you're not going to post about it. You're going to post the happy, fun, in-love moments because that's what people want to see, right?
That's where social media can get tricky. The friend of a friend that you have Instagram-stalked the hell out of doesn't actually have that perfect life that you think they do. It's all about the perspective one wants to portray about their life.
Social media is a huge part of our day to day lives but we have to draw a line between the help that it can do and the harm that it can do.
Becoming so invested and obsessed with looking a certain way and living your life a certain way can have so many negative effects on your health and overall wellbeing.
So, is it okay to social media stalk and get a little too caught up in other people's lives? Of course. As long as there's a line that is drawn before it gets too obsessive, you're in the clear.