Social media’s idea of perfection is an unfavorable trend

Rachael Connelly, Reporter

In the wise words of Hannah Montana: “Nobody’s Perfect”, but if you open your phone and scroll through Instagram or tap through your friends’ Snapchat stories, it is almost hard to believe. 

Every day social media becomes a more prominent part of our lives, we are able to look into the sides of people’s lives that never used to be in the spotlight, but this insight into how other people live is not entirely honest. 

Social media is a highlight reel of people’s lives. There is nothing genuine about posting a picture of yourself on vacation from that perfect angle. The purpose of social media is supposed to be connecting with people, but the accounts we are connecting with are only a fraction of the people operating them. 

I can understand wanting to put the best version of yourself forward, but the more we encourage this, the higher the standards for what is acceptable are raised.

One example is the “That girl” trend on TikTok that portrays a character who naturally has every aspect of life planned out to perfection. The trend is marketed to its 800 million viewers as “An easy way to upgrade your life.” 

I admit that encouraging people to build healthy habits can be beneficial, but the problem with this trend is that we never see behind the scenes of “That girl”. 

Nobody’s lives are as perfect as they appear to be online, and instilling the idea that they should be is doing us no good.