Social media — the first mass medium to allow people to publicly share their thoughts, feelings, and lives with others — has become dangerously inauthentic. From cries of “fake news” to the rise of bots, bogus followers and other trolls, it’s hard to know whom, what or where to trust.
A spoonful of the narrative will help.
The most widely used social network is Facebook, with over 1.4 billion active daily users. This doesn’t support deeper interactions that reflect more naturally occurring conversations. And it’s also missing another critical component: storytelling.
The narrative is the new of life; it gives context and depth to the information we share. It’s also the lifeblood of authentic connections. Without it, it’s impossible to turn data and description into meaning.
Once you can pull narrative into a social media context, others can then truly become a part of your story. Which brings up another current limitation of social platforms that have actually supported our vulnerability to inauthenticity. Choosing “friends” based on the assumption that they’re like-minded is self-limiting, yet social platforms tend to make recommendations based on your set of interests and “likes.” Different points of view energize the juiciness of storytelling by challenging assumptions, opening up a world of possibilities to move toward a more honest representation of you … and your true story.
Snapchat introduced the notion of stories a few years ago, and Instagram quickly followed suit. Now it’s easy for you to take picture or video in 1- to 30-second increments and stitch them together to make a story.
Problem solved? Well, not quite.
The beauty of life lies in its serendipity surprise and resulting creativity. “Coincidences” are part of the elixir of life. So, while social media “stories” are certainly creative endeavors, they are made in hindsight. The linear representations crafted to project an idealized version of a person’s interests and lifestyle. It all seems a bit too tidy and curated.
The video below discusses in it’s own about Fake Positivity or fake people by Vegan Earth & Soul <—– click the name to subscribe to her YouTube channel.
Faking positivity on social media is far from uncommon. People who make thousands and thousands of dollars from hosting their own retreats or having a mentorship program must promote themselves as someone who knows what they’re talking about and has all the answers you’re looking for. And the way that positivity is commonly promoted these days is very unhealthy and harmful. Instead of striving to understand and work through our emotions, we are told to suppress the unpleasant ones and focus on the positives! Even though people mean well when they give this type of advice, it’s not usually the best thing for us to do.