I spend a huge amount of time on social media … for myself as well as the numerous clients I work for. There is no real cut off for me. The first thing I reach for when I open my eyes in the morning is my cellphone. The last thing I look at before I fall asleep is my Instagram feed. So, when this book landed on my desk I was a bit apprehensive. Could I be ruining my life?
Comparison and perfection
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles the endless, unforgiving culture of comparison and perfection that we pursue online as we are at pains to shine in a sea of “sparkly diamonds”. Katherine Ormerod speaks to academics, doctors and psychologists as she tries to unpack the complex relationship we have with social media. It’s her contention that if we continue using social media as we do we will cause permanent damage. Our behavioural patterns will change, Shorter attention spans and depleted confidence – life will never be the same.
While there are no definitive answers, because our relationship with social media really depends on our individual personalities, Ormerod does offer insight into the phenomenon. Ormerod has a background in journalism and is also a social media influencer herself. In this book, she offers us a comprehensive and well-researched analysis of how we engage in a phenomenon she understands well. At the same time, she offers tools and methods to help us consume and engage with social media in a healthy way.
Social media need not be destructive. It need not make us anxious or unhappy. If we feel this way, we should take a step back and interrogate our engagement with it. Once we acknowledge the inherent shortcomings of social media and begin enjoying it for what it really is, it will become a fun and authentic experience. And this can only be a good thing.
And if you’re still struggling with the challenges of social media, take a look at Ormerod’s fantastic platform worworkwork.co – “an anti-perfectionism project which aims to reveal and explore the non-edited challenges that women face behind the fantasy of social media”. Empower yourself. Embrace imperfection. Perfection is not real.
- Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life by Katherin Ormerod is published by the Octopus Publish Group.
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