Today’s post and video pertains mostly to millennials but there is also a message here for everyone.
I want to discuss the difficulties some young people have living in a social media world. There is so much competition when it comes to appearance and superficial enhancements.
I am fortunate to have many millennials who reach out to me through my coaching, YouTube channel and my advice column; who share their concerns about what is “not transpiring” within their social circles.
The operative word here is social! People are forgetting how to interact with others and be authentic to who they really are!
This of course is mainly due to the obsession with our phones and other technology gadgets that keep us from looking up. (This is now happening with many age groups!)
They expressed to me than even when many millennials get together with friends for a night out, there is still somewhat of an anti-social setting as they spend a good part of the evening on their phones trying to get a great selfie to post, or texting all their friends who aren’t there.
It is also becoming a swipe left or swipe right decision on who we may or may not meet in person!
According to these young people I have spoken with, it isn’t easy to actually meet up with someone for a potential relationship. They say the reason for this is because “we are now in a hook up era,” which ultimately means, sex only.
This type of behavior brings out more insecurities and self esteem issues; which transpires into a vicious cycle of trying to look better & better to stand out. The competition between millennial women can be pretty fierce.
Just look at many instagram accounts and you will see what I am referring to. Each personal profile acts like a Kardashian photo album of only the hottest pictures of sexy body/bootie shots and the latest fashion/makeup trends.
This is causing a lot of anxiety among young women and yes, some men too! Physical appearance has become the number 1 priority for so many people today.
Let’s not forget how expensive it is to keep up with cosmetic procedures and all the fashion accessories that go with the whole package of looking amazing in the millennium. Add expensive dinners & rent into the picture and there is definitely credit card debt coming into play!
This is one of the reasons so many young men and women are staying at home with their parents a lot longer today. Their expensive lifestyle is out-pricing their paychecks!
We often hear in the media that many millennials will never own a home but despite the astronomical housing prices, many young people are not saving money due to all these other expensive life choices.
Hey I get it! This is the way you have grown up and you don’t know anything other than this social media pressure.
Not everyone falls into this way of life though. There are many ambitious millennials who are busy with school and the future of their career who don't have time to deal with too many social media outlets.
Regardless of what is trending in your generation there is a happy medium available for everyone.
We can’t blame everything in our lives on society because we all have a choice in how we live and how our attitude plays a big part in who we are now and who we become.
Don’t get caught up in all the competition and pressure to be the next hot social media influencer; be yourself. You’re pretty awesome just the way you are.
Please watch the video above and leave your comments below!
Susan McCord known as "Dear Sybersue" around the Web, helps millennials and gen-exers find love and inspiration. As a mature woman, she has "been there done that" and has so many T-shirts she can open a store! Susan believes that we are all special and deserving of happiness. People get lost along [...]