If you’re feeling a bit low about yourself, turn off all your social media. People post only the best parts of their life on Facebook and Twitter.
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Psychologist Ramani Durvasula says social media has changed the fundamentals of interaction:
Social media is basically social comparison on steroids. People showcase the most aspirational version of themselves on social media — new houses, expensive dinners, exotic vacations. It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others in order to learn how to behave and gauge societal expectations, but this becomes problematic when it feeds low self-esteem or causes anxiety.
In an article at Fast Company, several other experts weigh in on this phenomenon and offer advice on what you can do instead. Being mindful is the best way, of course, but you could also make an effort to know that person and find they are as flawed as you and ensure you don’t compare your work-in-progress to someone else’s finished product.