Earlier in the week, I was browsing through my Instagram feed and I came across a picture that caught my eye. It was a female with her hand placed directly over her face.
Out of curiosity, I glanced above the photo to see who had posted it. I’m not sure if any of you are familiar with the television series “Pretty Little Liars,” but the actress who plays Spencer Hastings is my favorite. In turn, I follow her on all social media. (Her name is Troian Bellisario.) As I looked again at the picture, I began to wonder why she was in such a peculiar pose and decided to read her caption.
After reading it, I honestly just wanted to yell “AMEN!!!” (Don’t act like you didn’t want to do the same thing.)
Social media is great. It allows us to connect to old friends or even make connections with people we will never meet. We post pictures and share links. We message back and forth and “retweet” or share things we like. However, the one trend in social media that I have noticed over the years is the “need for approval.” People post a picture of themselves and wait as the compliments fly in. In fact, you almost start to wonder what’s wrong with yourself if you don’t receive a “like” of approval or a generous compliment about how “gorgeous” you look. Sure, we all need a confidence boost every now and then, but the problem is when the need for approval is what drives us. When you feel as if you feed off of that kind of attention towards your outward appearance, that is when there is a problem.
It may be cheesy and a little bit cliché, but always remember that it is what is on the inside that matters the most. You can spend countless hours primping yourself in front of a mirror or editing a photograph to meet the standards that society has set for us...but in the end, is that what is going to bring happiness to your life?