Why You Can't Believe Everything You See On Social Media

Why You Can't Believe Everything You See On Social Media

Is everyone else really this happy except me?
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In this day and age, nearly everything revolves around one thing -- social media. We live in a world where how many likes you got on your last Instagram pictures determines your worth and how many followers you have is more important than how many genuine relationships you have. Social media has been huge influence on the millennial generation and has changed the way children grow up and how people live their daily lives, but social media has also a had a huge influence on society, as a whole. It seems like everyone is putting everything out there on social media and it can be so easy to find yourself getting wrapped up in it.

Don't get me wrong social media has so many benefits. You can meet people online with social media, keep in touch with people online, you can get all the latests news through social media, you can just post about your own life through social media and some people are actually having amazing opportunities and making money because of social media. Basically, social media has completely changed the world as we have known it.

Although social media obviously has its perks, it's sometimes easy to forget that everything we see and read about online isn't always real. It is way too easy for people to portray their lives differently online than they actually are in person, through no fault of their own. People have always wanted to take pictures of all the happy occasions going on in their lives. But, today, it's just so easy to take pictures of all the good things going on in your life, post them to social media and to a random person looking at your feed it may look like that's how your life always is, when -- in reality -- it's not always like that. But who hasn't done that? How many times do you see a picture and think, Wow they look like they have it all together; their life must be perfect.

As human beings, we are so inclined to believe that everyone else has it all together and you, yourself is the only person who is struggling through life. With social media, it makes it even easier to think that way, everything can easily be made to look so ideal. What social media doesn't show 99.9 percent of the time as reality? Because who wants to snap photos of you and your boyfriend fighting, or the damage done to your car after you got into a fender bender? Obviously, you are going to take pictures of all the happy moments. Why wouldn't you? That's something people have been doing ever since the camera was first invented.

Nobody wants to remember all the bad they only want to have memories of all the good. And, nobody wants to broadcast all their struggles and problems on Twitter or Instagram, for the world to see, they want to instead showcase all the good in their life. Therefore, it is so easy to forget that everyone has their struggles and their own problems. When you are constantly scrolling through images and text of happy looking people and positive things that are going on in other people's lives it can be easy to just think, Is everyone really this happy except me? You might even get a little jealous or upset because why does everyone have it together except you, right? I know that you've thought that at least a few times, because I know I have, without a doubt. It's inevitable to think that way sometimes, when your having a bad day or nothing is going right. But the truth is nobody's life is always constantly amazing, even if it may look like perfection online.

The most important thing to keep in mind, today, where nearly everything is done through the internet and social media at it's height, is that not everything is how it looks to be. Everyone has their own flaws, struggles and day-to-day problems. Just because you look at someones Instagram account and see they are smiling in every pictures, doesn't mean they don't have their fair share of bad days. The truth is, we don't get to see the behind-the-scenes of everyone's life through social media, and we don't have a right to see any of that, anyway. We just get to see the parts they want to show. We see the behind the scenes of our daily lives whether it's struggling with how you look or how much you make or the drama going on with your family or friends or whatever else it might be. Everyone has their own demons they have to face and you are not the only one.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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