How well do social media posts show real life? What is the impact of social media posts on how we feel about our lives? Watch this thought-provoking short film by Paul Howard Allen on the topic of social media and mental health.

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Once I also got into this situation and almost fell into a depression. Fortunately, I realized in time that I need to stop jealous of the beautiful picture in Instagram and make it in my real life. Therefore, I began to do more with myself, my home. But sometimes there are times when I again compare my life with a stranger. It's horrible! And it's so hard to get rid of it sometimes! And the best recipe for this is to work to get tired and that there would not be time to go into Instagram. Work heals! All happiness)

it was good move but sometime vice was not cleare

This short film is amazing. I think all we need to realize that the things one posts in social media do not necessarily correspond to the feelings one are having in an specific moment in the daily life

It is a very interesting video. It is about that everyone has their own life, own problems. In social medias they are kind of happy everyday, every minute, but that not true, the sicial medias are masks for everyone

Actually, in my opinion , happy people don't have time to post their moments, they are always busy with interesting things than social media. Even me, when I am bored or I have no mood , I start chatting , watching someone's posted pictures and so on.
(sorry for grammar mistakes, I am a new learner)

Social media is an open platform for every one.any one can post any thing what ever they like or not.specially people have posted their happy moments on social media in public page or their friend pages.i thinks we should not take as serious when I have seen public images or friends posting in social media.we should take as a fun and should not compare with own life.

I've appreciated this video , it brightly shows how social media can make us feeling jealous about the other's life. We naturally tend to make comparisons between us and the other people and social media drives this tendency to an extreme level. Let's take facebook, the platform it's projected to make people interact through the creation of stories. It's not a case that the user's personal page it's called ''diary''. Every person on facebook create his story, a story made of photos that are usually taken in funny, happy, memorable moments (as the video shows). All this pictures give an image of who someone is but we never have to forget that what we see on facebook it's just a collection of pleasant moments of someonelse's life and not represent the reality of it, doesn't describe his personality either.
Life and people are so much more than what we can see on social media.

Especially Talking about posted photos, it happens sometimes that a post makes me feel jealous and dissatisfied because i would like to do the same thing as a friend does in that post. Othertimes i feel sad and my life doesn't seem so good if compared to the one of the others. In these moments i start to think about what i've read before, that is the fact that what we see it's just a little selected part of the story, not the whole thing.

I really agree with lucihao post. I think that we haven't to give too much importance to what we see or read in social media posts.