By Joy Kalu


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2016 has been the year of #Goals. It’s on every social media site you go on and it’s everywhere you look. Whether its fashion goals, couple goals, baby goals, family goals, or even food goals, the idea of looking at the likes of a person with a seemingly lavish life on social media and wishing it could by our own has become a pastime.


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While there is nothing wrong with having goals and desiring to live a certain lifestyle, there comes a problem when we fail to realize that social media isn’t always reality. Those fashion goals could easily be borrowed clothing. That couple goal could easily be fighting day in and day out. That baby goal, well babies are always perfect so there is nothing wrong with that but you cannot determine how your own child will look so just be happy with what you have. That family goal could be a broken household. Those food goals, well nothing is wrong with food goals. Keep those up.


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Main point, the pictures we see on social media are on single snapshot that is very posed and faked. What we look at isn’t what is really going on. The stories behind the photos are often the complete opposite of the story they are trying to portray. They mask the insecurities within their lives with photos of what the ideal life would be, gaining satisfaction from the likes and comments of approval.

Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with looking at those pictures and wanted them to be goals for yourself, because no lie, I do the same thing, but it’s important to set realistic goals and standards within the means of those photographic goals.



Harman, Justine. “The Problem With #Goals.” ELLE. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

“Stop Obsessing Over Your #GOALS.” Odyssey. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

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