If you scrolled through your Instagram pics right now, would it be a fairly accurate description of your life? If you looked at your Facebook status messages for the past month or so, would it be an accurate reflection of your moods and perspectives on life and issues? Are your tweets just a running list of reality show observations or do you reveal some of your personality outside of armchair pop culture criticism?
My Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (one personal, one professional) feeds are pretty darn accurate as far as my beliefs, interesting moments in my life, shameless plugs and things in media that capture my attention. I go out a lot more than what my Instagram feed might suggest, but as a writer in NYC, my professional and personal lives are very intertwined. I just don’t feel the need to photograph myself with every person I see or every cocktail I sip. New York is a lovely and lively place. I try to keep my social media stuff a little broader. Everything you see is straight up me (No photographing bottles I haven’t popped or any such nonsense), but it’s just not every single thing in my life. Oh and since I’m post-divorce, I never (NEVA) post pics of the boo of the moment. Nope. Nu uh. Ya’ll probably won’t see pics of whoever I’m digging until I’m walking down the aisle…again.
But at the same time, I don’t have a problem with aspirational social media feeds. I know folks who constantly post feel-good mantras and Bible-thumping memes who are SO not about that life. But I hear it. I kinda like the idea of filling your social media feed (and brain) with positive things even if your life is not that.
I do not condone the aspirational social feeds that make it seem like folks are living a life they are not living as far as money and access and things of that nature. Cashing a check at the check cashing spot and posting a pic of the hundred dollar bills when you KNOW you have to use that money to keep your lights on…not so cute. That’s especially not cute when you are a real life grown up. I classify real adults as 26 and up.
How well does your social media feed line up with your reality? Are you more of an aspirational poster? Are you a brain dump/no filter poster?