Couples are always sharing — often oversharing — the ins and outs of their relationship on social media, and if you’re someone who’s going through a rough patch or just aren’t feeling the same level of love in your own life, it can really bring you down emotionally. Stop now. As the old saying goes, comparison is the thief of joy and it’s completely unhealthy to compare your relationship to anyone else’s — especially the ones you see on social media — here’s why:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA ONLY SHOWS YOU THE HIGHLIGHT REEL.
Think of social media as the scrapbook of people’s lives. No one puts pictures of their worst moments in a photo album, right? The same logic applies to any social media sharing. The relationships you see may have sweet and tender moments, but they also deal with all of the other life BS we all go through. No one is perfect, regardless of how it looks online.
2. EVERYONE EMBELLISHES (OR OUTRIGHT LIES) ON SOCIAL MEDIA.Period.
Social media culture has developed a strong aversion to anything even remotely negative. To counter that, people feel the need to mood boost and inspire positivity in pretty much everything they share online. The bad news is that if you’re having a harder time, it can be emotionally taxing to see nothing but rainbows and butterflies all over your newsfeed. Don’t worry, your relationship isn’t in shambles by comparison — people just don’t typically share or air their dirty laundry online. (Well, most of them, anyway.)