I can’t tell you how many people tell me that my life looks fabulous from the outside. I always laugh when someone asks me how I have time to do so many things because the truth is, I mostly work, hang out with my dog, and watch Netflix. I carefully choose what I put on my Instagram and other social media accounts. My online presence is a curated one and is fairly different from my day-to-day experiences. For example, today after work I’m doing laundry. Nothing exciting there, so I won’t post about it.
It’s important to remember that everyone online is creating a profile that they want you to see. You don’t see the bad things in my life on Instagram from the staying in bed after a breakup to the drama with my friends. That stuff doesn’t belong on social media so I don’t put it there.
Here are some differences between Instagram and real life:
1. Friday night on Instagram
Doing ~*cool*~ things!
vs. Friday night in real life
2. Shopping on Instagram
#shopping #cute #wardrobemakeover
vs. shopping in real life
Everything is expensive.
3. Eating on Instagram
vs. eating in real life
Are these leftovers still good?
4. #TBT on Instagram
Casually has baby pictures lying around.
vs. #TBT in real life
“Mom! I NEED AN OLD PICTURE!”
5. Coffee on Instagram
Totally worth $5.00.
vs. coffee in real life
You need 600 cups of coffee.
6. Hanging out with friends on Instagram
All the fun things!
vs. hanging out with friends in real life
You probably spent an hour trying to figure out what to do until you gave up.
7. Beauty products on Instagram
vs. beauty products in real life
Using your products way past their expiration date.
8. Playing with your pets on Instagram
vs. playing with your pets in real life
Forcing your pet to snuggle.
9. Mornings on Instagram
Good morning! Hello world!
vs. morning in real life
10. Sunsets on Instagram
Yassss! Nature is so majestic!
vs. sunsets in real life
Looks the same as yesterday.
11. Using the computer on Instagram
vs. using the computer in real life
“Can’t connect to WIFI”
12. Studying on Instagram
Let’s do this!
vs. studying in real life
You can learn it all in one night.
13. Avocado toast on Instagram
Use a thousand edits to make it look super green!
vs. avocado toast in real life
Feel personally victimized by how gross your avocado is.
14. Selfies on Instagram
Fooling everyone into thinking you took just one good picture.
vs. selfies in real life
Taking approximately 75 selfies until you find one you like enough to filter and post.
15. Reading on Instagram
Just chillin’ with a book and coffee and looking inviting to strangers.
vs. reading in real life
Leave me alone.