Impact of Social Media on Reality Perception and How to Manage It


Episode Summary:

In this episode of “Mondays with Mike,” Mike discusses the impact of social media on our perception of reality and how to manage it. They explore how age and life experiences play a significant role in shaping our understanding of social media’s polished version of reality. Mike emphasizes the importance of being mindful of what we expose ourselves to and not falling into the trap of comparing our lives to the curated content we see on social media.

Key Takeaways:

  • The impact of social media on our perception of reality varies depending on age and life experiences.
  • Children and young individuals who are still in the socialization stage of development are more susceptible to the polished version of reality portrayed on social media.
  • Older individuals with more life experiences tend to have a more realistic understanding of social media’s curated content.
  • Social media can create unrealistic expectations of what reality should be, leading to dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
  • It is essential to be mindful of what we expose ourselves to on social media and not compare our lives to the curated content we see.

Notable Quotes:

  1. “If you’re a child, right, and you’re still in that kind of socialization stage of development where you’re incredibly impressionable, you’re still trying to learn how the world works, and then you’re fed this very polished view of reality that can have, and it’s been proven to have fairly detrimental effects on a person.”
  2. “You start to believe that they [celebrities] must be happier than me.”

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