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Behind the Scenes of Facebook

Daisy Ridley recently issued a warning on Instagram on the intensity of social media and the strive for perfection. It caught my eye on Facebook, through BBC Radio 1’s article and made me realise how intense social media can be.

golden_rules_of_being_engagedI’ve seen a flurry of engagements and babies, new cars and expensive shopping trips, as well as daily gym half-naked selfies and beautiful healthy meals plague my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feed. I’m so happy that all my friends are doing well and getting on, achieving their life goals at this stage, but it’s easy to get bogged down in the idea that other people have a better life than you.

 

That’s categorically untrue.

There is immense pressure on young people in particular when they are surrounded by perfect bodies, perfect skin and incredible social lives, to be as good as everyone else. What we see on social media is a heavily edited snippet of others’ lives – something that people have scrutinised over for a considerable time before publishing.

It’s a similar story with my job; as a social media…person..I have to be very careful with what I post on the companies’ Twitter and Facebook pages, to ensure a succinct and coherent message. Posts have to be unique, interesting, positive and have to prove to an audience that the company is very successful and useful to their clients.

People do exactly the same thing with their own personal profiles. They want to convey a specific message – some people even go as far as having their own themes on Instagram, meaning the stream of photos that they can post is even more limited.

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This is not to say that people don’t address negative issues on social media; people can be quite vocal when something bad has happened to them, as they need their friends’ support. People are quick to assume, however, that because a person’s feed is entirely positive that nothing bad is going on behind the scenes. They may be going through a break-up, or they may be facing severe stress at work that they don’t want to publicise, or they may just being going through a rough patch.

Of course, such things aren’t uploaded to Facebook, but instead are kept private. What makes a person feel better is posting joyful things that make them feel happy, as a sort of distraction from what is going on in the real world.

Can we call Facebook a distraction? Is that all it is rather than a real representation of people’s lives? Whether it is or it isn’t, it’s certainly putting pressure on the people that use it, but it’s important to remember (whatever age you are) that Facebook and other mediums are simply highlights of someone’s life and you shouldn’t feel the need to compare your behind the scenes to their show reel.

 

 

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Worker Bee

A lot of things in life result in you gritting your teeth and smiling, especially at work. It’s insanely difficult at the bottom. You worker_bee_by_neko_vi-d6h3mo8have to put up with a lot of condescension because people think that you’re still a baby and need teaching the simplest of things. Some people think that you aren’t capable of many tasks and just keep saying ‘you’ll get there’ as they sit at your desk and rewrite everything that you have done. You need authorisation to do absolutely anything and often find yourself waiting for clearance more than actually doing something.

I’m at the very bottom of the ladder. I’m grateful for the opportunities that I have and I really enjoy both of my jobs, but it’s very frustrating and often demeaning to be at the bottom. I feel like I have a lot of potential and lot of the time I can’t take it anywhere. The handbrake is still on. I know that I have to learn before I earn; I have to understand how both jobs work before I can do anything. It’s difficult and I often find myself struggling and sighing, feel like I’m never going to get anywhere if nobody lets me fly. I suppose I have to grow my wings first.

My plan is to keep going, keep smiling, be the best worker bee that I can possibly be and see what happens. I need to get off the bottom soon, before I go crazy. Hard work and lots of coffee is the way to go…