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Social Media Envy and Image Crafting

photoI have noticed a small rise in people who are becoming frustrated with social media due to the façade often found masking all imperfections. A façade that exemplifies a regal and glorious lifestyle lived with perfect days and happy faces – all thanks to “image crafting”.

Image crafting is the narcissistic approaches many users are taking on social media in order to control the way others view their life. In return, we have created envy in those we view and self-doubt in our own lives.

On the other hand, those who do not feel envy (but instead frustration) are now posting and sharing less and less. Even this morning I stumbled across a quote that read, “The sign of a healthy relationship is no sign of it on facebook.”

Have we lost the secrecy and intimacy one once found in a special moment or personal relationship?

Social media was meant to share what you are doing. Share your thoughts and interests in order to engage others in conversation and thought. But instead what it is often used for is a way of showing off your life through posed pictures and glowing status updates. These images and statuses (that do not provoke others in a positive way) are causing disinterest and frustration.

This year the word “selfie” was added to the Oxford Dictionary. This again shows just how ubiquitous it is to be in control of one’s own image.

Both the Huffington Post and the New York Times have recently published articles referring to both the envy one experiences while exploring social media, as well as ways to be “insufferable” on facebook.

Here is a fun diagram showing how to not be annoying on facebook:

 

Which region does your content fall in?  Are you creating content that is thought provoking and positive to your readers? Or are you crafting an image that is creating envy or frustration in others?

 

References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wait-but-why/annoying-facebook-behavior_b_4081038.html

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/do-you-have-instagram-envy/?_r=0