I was just listening to this podcast from Refinery29's Strong Opinions Loosely Held about how people -- specifically women in this episode -- deal with physical insecurities by putting on a fake face and life for the public to see. This isn't a huge shocker to me, as there have been plenty of backlash videos and articles lately talking about the trend and how it often skews people's perceptions of what a good life actually is.
Instagram thrives on people posting good photos of beautiful things. That can be people's bodies after a workout, healthy plates of food, silhouettes of people at a sunset on the beach, etc. But when you think about it, those parts of life you see on Instagram (or that you post to Instagram) are only just a fraction of what most people do. How do I know? Because I've been in that place, being called out for living such a wonderful care-free life, when in reality I live a pretty normal day-to-day. What I post is what I really enjoyed. And what I'm not posting are those moments where I'm annoyed by standing in line somewhere, or riding the Subway, or biking between destinations. Those things are what take up most of my time.
Anyway, if I really tried hard to, I could probably easily fabricate an entire life on Instagram that wouldn't necessarily reflect my life in reality. Because let's be honest here, my life is more closely resembling the video below.