It is also important to be aware that all those food accounts with the perfect food pictures... 1) Think of how much time it has taken them to make the food, then place it right, picture it, edit it etc and 2) Some people have it as their job to run their food accounts and if they have a blog with recipes as well.... then they spend alot of time baking and in the kitchen and then photoing etc etc and 3) There are some social media people who run food accounts who have come out and said that they didnt actually eat all the food they posted... that they would spend hours making food, picturing, making it look perfect and then not even eat the food and just eat part of it. And that makes me a little sad. Think of the food wasted and for what.... aperfect picture? Its not so perfect if the food is just fake and you spend hours making food just to get likes? How about enjoy the food instead and know that likes and followers arent a form of self validation and dont determine your worth.
But anyway, there is alot of fakeness behind social media. You should never compare yourself to anyone.... because those "Perfect body pictures".... they could be sucking in, flexing, right angles, right light, editing.... as well as maybe using unhealthy methods to attain that body image. When people have a very high follower account online and it is based on their "body" then there is an extreme pressure to look a certain way and to keep the body looking a certain way. I used to post more body pictures a few years ago, but i am so thankful i stopped with that because i realised how it was giving me bad body again... i felt myself slightly fixated on trying to get that good angle, good light and far too much time spent infront of the mirror or taking pictures... when seriously, taking those types of pictures everyday is just plain unnecessary. But i learnt from my own mistakes and have grown and know that that is not something i want to do or enjoy. Who knows maybe in a few years i will realise that i no longer want to take pretty food pictures, that it takes too much time or i just dont have the energy for it and then stopping doing that as well....
But back to the actual topic..... please dont believe everything you see online. I can be the first person to say that just because someone smiles in a photo doesnt mean they are happy..... you really have no idea about someones life, how they are feeling etc by just looking at a few photos or reading a few "happy and positive quotes". Social media is 1% and is often a certain image and portrayel of how the person wants you to see them, rather than who they actually are.
Please dont put your validation in numbers. Not in the number on the scale, not the amount of friends you have, not the amount of followers or likes you get, not your grades.... you are more than numbers and please remember this. It is so easy to get focused on numbers, think that you are just numbers and percentages, but you are so much more and you can't forget that.
I hope that this post will give you a little reminder the next time you scroll through social media. Whether its "friends" on facebook who post lots of photos of the perfect life, or its people you follow on instagram or tumblr and they all seem to be so happy and have awesome pictures and you can't help but feel jealous... instead think about the fact that you really dont know how that person is feeling or if what they are posting is true. But also, always remember that there IS an unfollow or unfriend buttton. Get rid of people or accounts who add negativity and jealousy into your life, if accounts make you feel bad about yourself then unfollow them. Just follow accounts and have friends that add positivity to your life, there is absaloutly no point following accounts, no matter how many followers they have or no matter how much you wish you looked like them, if they add negativity to your life, unfollow them.
And just a note, i recently watched a video from a blogger i follow and she said that she didnt follow any food accounts because the photos looked so good and it made her feel stressed because she could never take any good food photos. So she unfollowed those accounts and just followed people who had similar body types to her because she knew that she could never look like the 5'9 girl with super long legs or those who were very curvy, that wasnt her body type and she would just feel stressed over the fact that they looked so good but she could never look like them because of her body type. And that is a sort of good tip, though in all honesty you should realise that you will never look like anyone else and others can be inspiration but dont base your whole life around trying to look a certain way because then you will never really be happy.
This post became super long so i am going to end it here, but i felt i needed to write these things.