Fear of missing out

September 18, 2020

Laura Duff

Social Media

With social media at our fingertips, it seems that people are doing things 24/7. Be it Molly-Mae in Ibiza, or your Mum at the coffee shop, we are constantly bombarded by pictures of people doing nice things.

Social media doesn’t have space for anything except what looks good. There isn’t room for a work-life balance on the internet. We only post what we like, and what we want other people to see. Nobody cares if you’re working a late shift tonight! Nobody is interested about you taking the car to the garage! Nevertheless, these mundane tasks are the ones that really make up the majority of our lives.

These mundane tasks aren’t even all that bad, but the accumulation of the ‘perfect lifestyle’ pictures and media portrayed over social media begin to make us resent them. One thing for me is I love to have a night in to myself, watching a movie or reading a book. But when I have social media, if I see my friends out so many nights a week, socialising, partying… how on earth am I meant to turn that down. All of my friends probably love me more because of my inability to say no…

As I am writing this blog - as an experiment -, I am going to open up my Instagram, scroll down and write what I see on it. Somebody in France out for lunch. Somebody in a bikini in LA. Somebody with a famous band. LOL, what? Surely not… funnily enough, 2/3 of these people are actually my good friends. I know that there is more to their life than the Instagram-worthy French cuisine. They know it. But even though it is the little mistakes and flaws and extremely long days that make up life for us, we don’t want to believe it.

If you ignore social media, or you don’t have it, you don’t have anybody to compare yourself to. You experience happiness on your own accord. The fear of missing out doesn’t exist - because you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Everything is now your own choice - who can even be bothered keeping up with everybody else?

Laura Duff  

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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