Right now, I’m watching Instagram Stories like they’re the 6pm news.
Whether we’re best mates or work colleagues, or if we crossed paths once eight years ago or have never met, I know how you spent your weekend in isolation because I spent my weekend in isolation watching it unfold on Instagram. And if I’m honest, it made me feel a bit crap.
My weekend wasn’t wholesome or productive. It wasn’t even Instagram-worthy. I spent it consuming packets of BBQ Shapes and Twisties watching The Night Manager, splitting my time commuting between my bed, the couch and the balcony. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose weekend looked like this, or who caught isolation FOMO (fear of missing out) seeing people on social media seemingly living their best lockdown lives.
By around 2pm on Sunday afternoon, I realised I needed to put my phone down and stop comparing myself to everyone else. It worked to an extent, but the feelings of inadequacy and loneliness hung around like a mozzie you can’t seem to catch.
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If now, more than ever, social media is making you feel inadequate about how you’re spending your days self-isolating – or about yourself in general – you’re not alone.
Yes, we’re living through a global pandemic none of us has ever seen the likes of before, but remember: Social media is still a highlights reel. Only now, it’s filled with fewer travel photos and boot camps, and more candles burning, TikTok dances and baking.