How to Stay Authentic in the Age of Social Media

We pretend, we lie, and we manipulate on social media.
by Sofia Jayme   |  Aug 16, 2017
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We spend a large amount of time grooming, editing, and transforming our facades. We make sure our faults and shortcomings are buried deep into the ground—as if they never existed. We create a false image of ourselves that are heavily inspired by the very person we want to be seen as. We display everything sweet, never the bitter. We post about gold, but never about silver.

We display everything sweet, never the bitter. We post about gold, but never about silver.

We build our foundations on social media. We form our facades through our posts, tweets, and well-curated feeds. These facades show depth and meaning but are created by our mere shallowness. We use our time to create a facade that will triumph all first impressions and will perfectly shape how we want to be perceived by the world. We craft and create lies that we want others to believe.

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For the sake of self-respect, this needs to stop. We shouldn't prioritize the facades of our buildings but spend our lives on improving our interiors. We begin to familiarize ourselves with other people's lifestyles as we become strangers to our own.

We begin to familiarize ourselves with other people's lifestyles as we become strangers to our own.

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To avoid these ways, remember these 3Ls in your head. The guide to authenticity online...and offline.

  1. Learn about yourself.

Learn about your real dreams, interests, goals, and who you really are. Take time to discover the layers that make up who you are. Disconnect from all your social media platforms and connect to the different wonders that the world has to offer. Try something new once in awhile for the chance of awakening an interest or a talent you never thought you had. When you truly know who you are, you are able to project an authentic image of yourself to the world.

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When you truly know who you are, you are able to project an authentic image of yourself to the world.

  1. Live by originality.

Create only what's real and what's yours. A lot of the things we see online are fake and unreal and there are very few who live by being true to themselves.

Your challenge is to make sure everything that you post is 100% you. Everything you show on social media has to revolve around that truth and nothing but that truth. Online, people take advantage of the freedom they have to create someone entirely different from who they actually are. You go distances to find ideas but the truth is you don't need to find them, you have the ability to create them. Don't go too far to look for originality; that comes from within.

Don't go too far to look for originality; that comes from within.

  1. Love your mistakes and imperfections.

Accept that there are bumps on the road in the journey of being who you want to be. The key to loving your mistakes is to not take shortcuts. Shortcuts exist and they do make life easier but they don't always produce the best output. Taking the long road has its highs and lows that will definitely introduce you to your faults—but trust that they will make you better. Experiencing your shortcomings is one step closer to accepting them. Knowing that they exist and that you are capable of making mistakes will give you the humility you need in life. So don't fake perfection.

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So don't fake perfection.

It's easy to seem perfect online because of how you can manipulate your posts into looking like you have no faults, but you should accept that you are a human being and imperfections are what make you stronger.

Remember to walk on your path as your own person and not as someone else. You are an intricate design of God; don't simplify yourself to the shallow glory o the world.

REAX!
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