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My Social Media ‘Meltdown’

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Social Media. Ugh.

We’re living in a pretty scary time. Social media is running our lives and determining what we post, how we post, what clever caption we need to put on a picture, and so on. Is this ruining our happiness? Is it doing its intended job of helping us connect with others? I’m not too sure anymore. PS – this is a total rant post. If you don’t want to read it, then don’t. These are my thoughts my space to share. I wanted to share because I think at least 1 person out there can relate.

The other day I was on the phone with my friend basically discussing how checking our Instagram and Facebook is so depressing sometimes. Maybe depressing is a strong word, but it’s really easy to fall into the comparison trap when checking social media. Seeing everyone’s perfect selfie in cute clothes and looking so modelesque. (Like, who took that picture for you anyways? LOL) Or “perfect” pictures with boyfriends/fiancés/husbands – I always wonder if the couple is really as happy as they are displaying to the world. I don’t want to dis the couples and people out there who truly are happy, that’s great – but I just wonder how much Instagram runs it. Having to show everyone what you’re doing to show them how cool of a life you have. That’s a lot of pressure, right? Needing to take a cute photo to impress who? Random followers who you rarely see in person? Are you trying to get a lot of likes on your picture to feel liked and loved?

The number of likes on a picture or your following does NOT define you. 

Trust me, I fell victim to wanting a ton of likes and always increase my following too. But when we start to become fixated on this number is where it can become too much. We don’t post the bad things that happen on social media. We are consistently posting the highlights and there is something in our brains that fires up when you start to get positive feedback and attention on those posts. Then, we continue to strive to post these perfect pictures more and more until you’ve created some kind of fabricated identity. I post pictures of food on my Krolls_korner Instagram account and post when I have fun on my TV segments – I post pictures because well, I’m a food blogger and love food and post about me on TV because I want viewers for the station. But yes – it sure as heck feels really good when someone comments, “Yum, this looks so good – I’m going to make it!” or “You look pretty in that dress, I love your hair!” These are the comments that keep us consistently posting “happy” content. And I think it’s turning into a scary downward spiral of having to keep up. 

Also…I was thinking about how people have gender reveal parties now to show everyone if they’re having a boy or girl. WOW, some of these parties look so beautiful. I truly applaud whoever is the host of them. Can you believe some of the ones you’ve seen floating around out there?! That’s a ton of work just to say what gender your baby is. Now, I’ve never been pregnant so I might not fully understand the excitement behind this type of reveal. But these parties didn’t exist before social media, did they? It’s almost like you’re having a party for Facebook and Instagram, not for the happiness and joy of creating a beautiful person inside of you with someone you’re in love with. That alone is a miracle in itself. 

When it comes to social media and my food blogging world I have been feeling a lot of anxiety towards it. Especially because I’m not a full time blogger. You can say it was almost a meltdown. I constantly am seeing people post pictures of beautiful food and wonder how the heck they have all this time to make their food look that good. It stresses me out thinking I need to go make an amazing smoothie concoction with peanut butter perfectly drizzling down the side of the Weck jar and post it on the gram too. Ugh, that is downright awful! Literally getting pressured by social media to post a picture of beautiful food. Stupid

Life is so so much more than this. More than a smoothie bowl with edible flowers on it and a perfectly placed linen napkin. 

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I just need a break. I mindlessly scroll through the gram and realize I am wasting SO much time wanting to be involved in someone else’s life (who I’ll probably never meet). It’s gotten to be almost unhealthy – this pressure to post 1-2x/day, make sure I stay engaged by replying to comments and commenting on photos. It’s easy to get caught up in it – and I understand social media is business for many people – It just gets exhausting sometimes. Ya feel me?

This beauty-obsessed society we live in is real. And I’m scared for the generation growing up in it. 

There is so much more to life than Instagram. It’s an app. An app that I literally thought when it came out in 2010 was an app to simply put a filter on photos and blur the edges.

We need to start posting pictures because we want to, not because we think Instagram is going to like the perfect piece of toast for #ToastTuesday. We need to stop relying on other people to decide if your memories are worthy of being remembered, even if the picture doesn’t get a ton of likes. 

“Much of being on Instagram is about projecting the best-version of your life that there is – a far cry for the much more messy reality.”

I read that quote somewhere and resounded with it so well.

When I post a picture – no one knows that I could have been in an argument with someone minutes before posting, or crying about the loss of a loved one…it is social media, I can write a caption I want with any gorgeous picture I want when I want and no one knows what may have happened moments before.

You all get my point. Nobody’s life is how it looks on Instagram. 

Enjoy being in the moment. Not everything you do (or eat) needs to be shared on social media. Your best memories happen far away from a 4.7 inch screen. 

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  1. Yes yes yes! I loved this post Tawnie, and I think the most real versions of ourself tend to be the posts the serendipitously perform the best too – ironic huh!? I love who I’ve gotten to know behind the space and wouldn’t change a thing. I know how I can get caught up (esp in already planning that gender reveal party for my unborn kiddos lol) but in reality, keeping the truest version of yourself is always most important! Love you girl.

    1. Thanks so much Liz – even though this social media world can have it’s crazy times I’m so happy I was able to connect with amazing people like you through it!! Love you <3

    1. Des you’re so sweet. Thank you so much – I’m so happy YOU came into my life as well! <3 PS - I'm just trying to keep up with how awesome you are!!

  2. Yes, yes, yes, yes. Social media has gotten way out of hand and I fall victim to it all the time. I feel so much pressure to “be engaging”, post at peak times, think of how pictures will reflect “my brand”. It’s stressful, time consuming and gives people a false sense of reality. Love this post and hope you find the happy medium!

    1. All so true. Waiting to post an Instagram picture at a certain time of night because we know we’ll get more likes at that time – yuck! haha thank you for reading <3

  3. Tawnie I feel like you were reading my mind today! I was taking photos today for my blog (and insta account) and was stressing over how much I didn’t like how they turned out— and then I had to stop myself and was like, “liz, it’s just food!!” I absolutely loved reading this and agree whole-heartedly. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Hi Liz! How funny – I often stress about the SAME thing. At the pinch of yum workshop I recently attended Lindsey said “You live and die with every picture you take.” Crazy true! haha. Thank you for reading – I hope we can all find balance!

  4. I always have struggled with this. I am not cool with it either lol. It’s become a bit consuming & exhausting quite honestly and I really try to set boundaries of how much sharing I do vs just enjoying the real moments.
    I think when you let it go it becomes fun again, you just have to check yourself. I always love your content and style, just keep doing you!

    1. Hi Aggie! Thanks so much for reading. It really is a struggle I agree – it just hurts my brain trying to keep up! I’m happy we can all support each other in this crazy social media world. So happy to have met you! Thank you for the kind words – you blog is an inspiration to me!

  5. Your story is “on point” a friend of mine awhile back said social media is the devil! Trying to get you to think that everyone else is better off than you! This is not true, you are the only one like you and that is a gift from God!

    You have to take social media with a grain of salt! Don’t compare yourself with anyone else. You never know what their “true” life really is!

    Keep your chin up! You are great! Ignore everything else!

  6. So true there is a ton of pressure as a blogger! I’ll be honest I stopped following people with the “perfect pictures “. Instead I started following people showing more real life and body positive quotes! Mentally so much better for me and it’s helped take the pressure off and refocused why I started blogging in the first place!

    1. That’s a really good idea Lauren – I probably need to go do that!! Getting back to the reason why we all started this in the first place is so important! Thank you for reading <3

  7. So true. Your words resignate deep in my soul and I feel a huge lump in my throat, knowing I have fallen victim to the addiction of Instagram. I wish it would go away. I wish it was a fad that would just fade away and we can go back to just living our lives and steering our on course without everyone else’s highlight reel flashing brightly telling us our way is not shinny enough, bright enough, expensive enough, talented enough… thank you for your words, and the reminder that I’m not alone in my struggle. I read yesterday something so so good, it said” I’m worried about our generation, their faces show happy, and their eyes show sad”.

    1. Thank you so much for the comment Sarah! That quote hits deep, I really am scared to see what happens in the next 10 years. We are never alone! <3

  8. I LOVE this and can totally agree!!! I’ve tried SO hard not to get bogged down by numbers and follows and likes and this and that, but it’s SO hard, because it is work, but so fun too! I’ve made a concerted effort to be WAY more transparent over the past few months and it feels SO good – and I think a way social media is definitely moving (or at least I just hope). But keep doing you girl because I see your vids and think how the hell do you have time to make such gorgeous videos, so you’re doing it alllllll right!!!

    1. Chelsey thank you so much! I’m so happy I have positive people in my life to keep me on track – loving your posts (as always) and applaud you for your transparency! Thank you for the kind words as well, each and every one of you are motivation to keep me going!

  9. I agree. It gets kind of nuts sometimes. I love seeing pieces of people’s lives, but I also think that we often forget to live in the moment and capture what is right in front of us. I feel like the motivation with social posts is often capturing a fun memory for yourself, and I do treasure that. But, I too, need a break. Thanks for sharing. You are not alone.

    1. Thank you so much for reading Kathy – so true about capturing the memory for yourself. I feel like we used to capture those memories with a different purpose and intention, you know? Blah. Thank you for the comment <3

  10. Hi Tawnie! This is such an amazing post & I definitely think you put into words how a lot of people typically feel about social media. I, for one, know that I have felt the same way at times & have even contemplated deleting all of my social media, but I never end up doing it because there are certain things I enjoy sharing. It’s just important to find that happy medium with social media & not get caught up in posting for other people, but rather posting for yourself or because you want to like you said! As a future dietitian (5 and a half months away from completing my internship) I totally look up to you as an RDN! It’s refreshing to see someone that’s actually being the best version of them self & speaking what’s on your mind instead of just catering to what others want! You are so relateable & I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say you are inspiring! I enjoy everything you post!

    1. Hey Ashley 🙂 Your comment made me teary – thank you so much. It really means so much to me that I am sharing content people can connect to and enjoy seeing on a regular basis – so I sincerely thank you! A happy medium is for sure KEY!! Best of luck in your journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. After that, the world is your oyster! xo

  11. LIFE IS SO SO MUCH MORE THAN THIS. MORE THAN A SMOOTHIE BOWL WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS ON IT AND A PERFECTLY PLACED LINEN NAPKIN.

    This really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing this awesome and thought-provoking post.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing girl. I agree with a lot of the things you said. In my opinion, I try to keep my social media tied to my job and I keep that separate from my personal life. It’s all about finding balance. Thanks for the real talk!

  13. Thanks for sharing! I find that I don’t really care about it on my personal social media pages, but I do care on my work social media pages. I think it’s a good reminder either way! I will say that in my personal life we did do a small gender reveal at the park with family and very close friends and it was really fun and meaningful given we had a miscarriage earlier this year. It was exciting to find out at the same time with our families what we were having for our first child. So, I wouldn’t always assume that *everything* was done for social media :).

  14. I hear you, Tawny. I’m mulling your thoughts over. I’m going to sit with them for a spell. I neither agree completely nor disagree completely. I am grateful for the opportunity to read this. Thank you.

  15. YES! Very relatable – I do love following you on social, though. I am happy for social in our dietitian group because it is positive and we get to “know” each other a little bit before we meet in person. Thanks for this post lady!

  16. Tawnie! I really love this post! I’m with you!!! While I love looking at pictures and sharing my own, I also find it all so overwhelming and annoying! I’ve made a pact to only spend about 20 minutes max per day on social media. Time is precious!

  17. GIRL. YES. ALL OF THIS. I can 1 billion percent relate. I had a similar breakdown recently because sometimes social media just truly makes you feel like your life/business/relationship isn’t good enough. Thank you for putting this out there, so I know that I’m not the only one. 🙂

  18. Well said! I think everyone feels that way but somehow they still fall into the social media trap. It’s sad but maybe if more people talked about it, more people would slow down and enjoy life more…thanks for the post!

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