Instagram responsibly this Christmas
I scroll, I press
I repeat and refresh
the ‘natural’ look vanished
#goals in the morning
uploaded onto stories
Yes ‘Tis the season
to brag with no reason
Parties and debauchery
upload new bag from Mulberry
Life looks fucking great
but make no mistake
We can all feel alone
when it’s just us and our phone
We know it’s a showreel
about the good times and our best meal
but who is really benefiting
from all this bullshitting?
So when you upload on the morning
to tell your story
Think of who are you supporting
with all this festive reporting
Are you being truthful
By making Christmas look so fruitful?
Aware someone is comparing
to the good life you are sharing
Feeling under pressure
that their life will not measure
Would you brag this way face to face?
No, probably not. I rest my case.
The app we all love to hate, yet it is where I spend 90% of my day regardless of how it makes me feel. Even the photo above, the perfect festive set up was one of about 15 taken. If you look closely you can see in the middle of the screen the film was actually buffering. I wasn’t even watching it. I was sitting there waiting. You have to remember to look closely at situations and to take social media for what it is over the holidays, a showreel. For anyone feeling lonely this holiday. Always remember you are not alone. Whilst social media does a wonderful job at connecting us across the Globe the comparisons can often be crippling, so use this downtime to spend time with those you love or care for.