Social Media can have its ups and downs for everybody. One moment you are feeling super confident in yourself so you decide to post a random picture about you or whatever you are wanting to post.
As you post it, you envision all of the likes and responses you will receive back for what you posted. You feel like this will finally be the post that gets you over that minimum of 25 likes and finally help you gain more followers.
So about an hour go by when you check to see that only 20 people have liked your picture and maybe 2-3 comments agreeing with your idea. You begin to feel a little bummed out by the lack of response and believe that maybe you should delete the post or maybe you aren't as influential as you think you are.
As a girl who has always been dependent on the likes and "validations" I've received from my own social media posts, I too struggle with this issue. Even now, as I write this, I think in my head how down I'm going to feel if this post doesn't go viral. How sad I'll be if I don't get at least 5 responses.
I've been in your shoes, and sometimes I still am. As a 24 year old woman with her college degree, I still worry about what people will think when I post on my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. I'm that girl who would do anything to make others happy and to fit in with the crowd instead of standing out against the crowd.
Social Media can be a good thing though. It allows you to connect with others from all around the world. It's fun to share your different experiences with others and see what they have to say about your thoughts.
It's helpful to gain a different perspective on everything.
It can become negative though when you allow it to take over your life. That is when it doesn't become fun anymore. Reaching that point means you need to put your phone, computer, tablet, etc., down and step back for space. Don't let the negativity consume you, to where you don't feel happy or confident in yourself.
I want to issue you this challenge.
When you begin to fall into this slump of comparing yourself to others or you begin to feel down about the lack of responses you receive on your post, make a list.
It doesn't have to be a long list, but just make a list of all the reasons why you are amazing. A list of all the great accomplishments you have achieved so far in your life.
What makes you proud of yourself?
Something that makes you proud of yourself.
Do that the next time you begin to doubt yourself due to your social media.
I believe in you friend.