Does Instagram make us sad?
Yesterday I watched Casey Neistat’s YouTube video about the Joe Rogan and Elon Musk podcast. It was really eye-opening, even more so than almost all of his other content. But the interesting points brought up by Casey are about social media and how it makes us sad.
The idea that Elon Musk expands upon is as follows: “people make it look like they have a much better life than they really do.”
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
When you see celebrities on Instagram and just now, “Instagram celebrities” and their beautifully filtered photos, you most likely are comparing them to yourself and wishing that was you in the picture or it was you Rolex in the photo with hundreds of thousands of Internet likes. Does that make us sad though?
“Happiness is reality minus expectations.”
Casey explains this quote as, “their happiness is muted by the expectations that are falsely created by YouTubers and vloggers.” Most people aren’t instagramming pictures of when they’re crying or when they’re dealing with stress at work or at home, or anything much deeper. You choose to post when your life is at its peak, or when you are doing something exciting and out of the ordinary. When all your posts are things that are just extraordinary, your life seems that way at face-value.
Instagram and YouTube surely show us glimpses into people’s lives. Neither platform is without filter of some sort, unless you were to truly livestream for 24 hours a day forever and ever, but then you still are sort of “acting” to your audience.
Anyways, it’s something interesting to think about next time you find yourself glued to your little screen.