‘Even Brad and Ange seem suburban compared to the fabulousness served up by Instagrammers’: Mariella Frostrup on ‘lifestyle bragging’. Photograph: Rex
Mariella Frostrup says that social media makes much of its ability to create a global village, yet many people feel marooned.
Judging your own life in contrast to those apparently being led by others, whether on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter is a mistake we are all increasingly guilty of. Such edited excerpts don’t offer an accurate communication, but they do have the capacity to make anyone with a pulse feel inadequate and despairing of their own lacklustre, unPhotoshopped existence.
Remember that moments captured in a picture are just that, a moment in time. You don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes and the majority of the time, it’s not as glossy as the photo portrays.