The Impostor Syndrome could be Caused by Social Media

By Chelsea Land

 

The Impostor Syndrome could be Caused by Social Media

Sometimes social media can make us feel like our lives aren’t as great or as interesting as others. Sometimes we see people going places or doing things that we cannot go or do and it can make us feel as if we aren’t doing enough in our lives.

However, have you considered that you may be doing the same thing to your friends who follow you on social media too? We do not usually post about the things going wrong in our lives, but we post about our successes, and whatever other good thing that is happening in our lives. A lot of it could be caused by social media.

Most people my age look at Facebook when we first wake up. We look at what our friends are up to, videos that people post, pretty much everything that the Facebook algorithm thinks we want to see, and most of the time, we will see all of the positive things happening to our friends. We all may not think we have a lot going on in our lives compared to our friends, and it may cause feelings very closely linked to the impostor syndrome. We don’t want other people to know that we may not be doing as well, so we hide behind our own positive posts or photos or videos.

You are not alone. Many people experience this at one point in their lives. I still think I’m a fraud from time to time. My life isn’t perfect all the time, but that’s okay. I am slowly coming to terms that I am not a sham or playing everyone. It can be hard dealing with these feelings, but there are ways to cope. One of those ways is to realize that everything we see on social media is not always what it seems to be. Social media has made it much easier for people to share their lives with others so we can easily find out what people are up to. People hardly ever post anything about their troubles, so we always see the good things. Seeing all these things while going through our own troubles could very well cause feelings of incompetency. It sure has affected me on many occasions.

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