As someone who uses social media heavily, I have watched my peers, favorite celebrities, and even acquaintances post constant updates of their lives. With the rise of social media apps and technology, it is so difficult to not compare oneself to those that they see online. I constantly forget that social media posts are a reflection of what the user wants their followers to see, and most of the time not reality. By only posting good things that happen to them, users make their lives look better and more interesting than they actually are.
Social media has become a toxic and negative place for some people, because they internalize others success as their own failures. When you see your favorite celebrity bragging about their wealth and healthy relationships, it is hard not to compare to your own life. With this being said, I want to stress the importance of realizing that someone else's success is not your own failure. Everyone is unique, and everyone moves through life at their own pace. Instead of being jealous or judgmental, our society needs to start lifting one another up.
A lot of people in my life have diy art, music, and local business projects, and something that helps them a lot is when their friends and family support them. I think the mindset of not wanting to support someone's achievements because it means you have failed is so hurtful and negative. If you truly care about someone, you should want to support them in any way you can. Your personal success should not be measured by making sure you are doing better than those around you.
Taking the time to put someone else's needs before your own is a completely underrated aspect of friendship/care.There is enough negativity in the world, so we should each do our part by taking a different perspective on the achievements of others.