We all know social media makes us feel bad about ourselves.
That’s not to say it doesn’t make us feel good too (racking up Facebook likes is a great way to bolster your sense of self-worth #justsayin), but there’s something about an infinite scroll of people doing things you’re not that can really leave you feeling inadequate.
Christ that sandwich is well-stacked, I’ll think as I look at a perfectly balanced BLT.
Or ugh, she is nailing those angles — why are my bloody ears so small?
Or where do you even find a mountain that’s upside-down on top of a stream of rainbows populated by ducks who speak Elfish? I guess I’ll spend my day off at the supermarket again… etc.
I’m sure for the most part people don’t mean to do it either.
I certainly wouldn’t begrudge someone for owning a particularly photogenic dachshund or taking pride in their amazing selfies.
But there are those prolific social media users (celebrities and jerks, mostly) whose hashtags are not so much humble-brags as straight up just brags, designed to make you feel a whole lot shittier about your day.
These are the hashtags I wish didn’t exist because they are basically just the social media equivalent of sticking your tongue out at someone and going ‘naa na na naa naa’.
I was only introduced to this hashtag today. It’s for people who live those idyllic lives as ski instructors or beach side yoga teachers. It’s so they can post a picture of their life as a ski instructor or beach side yoga teacher and make you feel bad about about your life as an oppressed office worker or mail room clerk.