I have been wondering why I have been feeling less and less happy over time. I achieve more, I create more, however my level of happiness seems to decline, slowly, unconsciously.
It took me 2 hours sitting alone inside a cafe, drinking Earl Grey tea and enjoying myself a bowl of Truffle Chips to finally understand the decline of happiness inside of me. It is social media.
Social media has made me compare myself with others a little too much. On Instagram, I would see pictures of pretty girls and think, "she's so pretty". And my mind doesn't stop there, it goes on by thinking "oh look she's in NY, I wish I was there", "how nice she gets to gym regularly, I wish I had the time too", "her birthday party is so awesome", "I've never been to Maldives", "whattttt she has that bag already? It was just launched last month!". And not enough on Instagram, I start stalking them on Snapchat. I stalk what they eat, where they are, who they're with, and I feel happy for their awesome lives. Little did I know, this feeling, however, made myself feel less awesome, and hence less happy. Social media has accommodated this invisible competition among us youth, and believe me, it is unhealthy.
I have now started to filter the people and things I see on social media. If these accounts have an intimidating effect over my own self-confidence, I shall unfollow. And I use social media more for business nowadays. As for personal, I find more peace by just writing on this blog and create contents that I think might be useful for others on Youtube without having to care how many people read my post and watch my videos. When it comes to information on social media, less is more. I do not need to know everything, every time. Remember, keep the glass half empty, always.