How Social Media Has Made Us Obsessed With Making Life Look Perfect

These days, appearances are everything.

People are more concerned with proving to the rest of the world that they’re having the time of their lives than actually enjoying themselves.

The 27 flawless “night out” pictures are more important than the night itself. If a girl purchases a new dress, it’s more likely for a new Facebook profile photo than an actually party.

Not to mention, going out without uploading a new Snapchat story or Instagram picture is inconceivable; without evidence of your escapades, as far as the world is concerned, they didn’t happen.

If you go to a bar, half the people in there will likely be on their phones. If they’re not taking selfies, they’re possibly on Tinder, happily meeting strangers through the Internet while scowling at the real-life ones around them who don’t even think about approaching for a real-life conversation.

As for who you’re actually talking to online, everyone on the Internet is selling you a dream. The thought of uploading a photo that is anything less than perfect is unimaginable, so every picture is taken with precision, the best lighting, best angle and most appealing filter.

Regarding first dates, well, thank God for restaurants with dim lighting. Plus, all that really matters is the hot profile picture he’ll show his friends of the girl he went on a date with, not so much what she actually looked like.

It’s not because his standards are low, but because when you remove the screen, you realize that little imperfections aren’t the end of the world; in fact, they are what make all of us human.

Then, of course, there are the people who have already found someone to love them. These are the ones who are in relationships, offline. For many of these couples, being in love is not enough and a relationship isn’t considered truly successful until it’s on Facebook.

If someone buys you flowers, in exchange, you have to take a picture and upload it. After all, what is the point of being happy if not everyone knows about it?

Singles begin to resent their newsfeeds because they just serve as reminders of an inability to find a partner, let alone someone who buys them flowers and takes them to Paris for the weekend.

Somehow, when faced with endless photos captioned “bae” and littered with love hearts, it’s easy to forget that people only post their best moments and choose to keep all their worst ones private. Your life may fall short of someone’s picture perfect one, but more often than not, so does the life of whomever posted it.

Logic aside, it seems that the success of any relationship is measured by how many pictures you each post with your significant other, and those who never post pictures are assumed to be in miserable relationships, leading unfulfilled lives.

And, it’s not just dating that’s the issue.

Sometimes I wonder if people arrange to meet up with their friends because they miss them or because they haven’t updated their Snapchat stories in six hours and need some new material to prove to the world they’re having a good time.

The fact of the matter is, brag culture has resulted in us being too busy narrating our lives online that we’re forgetting to live them. Trust me, no great story ever started with “Hey, remember that time we took 37 photos in your car…?”

Life is now a popularity contest, and it seems that the popularity is less dependent on how many friends you have and is more a reflection of how many Twitter followers you possess.

Girls upload Instagram pictures and then delete them the next day if they did not receive a sufficient number of “likes” because that alone is considered a reflection of how many people like them in real life.

Don’t let social media fool you. There are people who have hardly any likes on their Instagram pictures, but still have lots of friends, and others with hundreds of likes despite being the loneliest people of all.

There are couples who seldom upload pictures or share online declarations of their love, who are happier than the ones who share every “date night” in your Twitter feed.

There are people who don’t brag, who are halfway to a deposit on their first house and others who are pictured in VIP every Saturday night who don’t have a penny to their names.

So, don’t believe everything you see online because appearances are just that.

How Social Media Has Made Us Obsessed With Making Life Look Perfect

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Small Boobs Struggles: 10 Things Only People With A-Cups Understand

While every woman should love herself exactly as she is, some of us have more to love than others — five or six cups more to be precise.

You see, for every girl in the world with a great rack, there’s another girl out there, for whom the term “cleavage” is some kind of sick joke.

Sadly, puberty did not do its best work with all of us, and many of us are destined to spend our entire adult lives without ever being able to utter the phrase, “My eyes are up here, you know?”

Not quite sure what I mean? Well, there are some things only small-boobed girls can understand.

1. Praying to the food Gods that the fried chicken you just ate goes straight to your boobs and not your thighs (again).

After years of dealing with, “Why don’t you try putting some weight on? I’m sure some of it will go to your boobs,” you finally decide to give it a go.

Despite all your better judgment, you attempt to put on weight in “all the right places.”

Does it work? Of course it doesn’t. Because, if life were that kind to you, it would have just graced you with bigger boobs to begin with.

2. Dating a new guy and wondering if he’ll feel conned once you take your XXL gel bra off.

Which goes hand in hand with having to casually bring up the fact you’re flat-chested on your third date to avoid the disappointment when he eventually takes your push-up bra off and realizes there’s nothing underneath.

3. Avoiding ever lying down naked in the fear they might disappear altogether.

Bra sex is hot, right? If he can keep his socks on, we can keep our bras on and that’s that.

4. Spending your life secretly dreading the day your 13-year-old cousin hits puberty and develops bigger breasts than you.

You’re not entirely sure how unethical it is to hope she got the small boob gene too, but, fingers crossed…

5. Having to resist bitch slapping people who say things like, “You’re so lucky, I bet you don’t even need to wear a bra.”

To be clear, not wearing a bra is pointless because (believe it or not) it only makes them look smaller. Not to mention, I don’t need everyone to know every time I’m feeling a little bit chilly.

6. Convincing your doctor to put you on a contraceptive pill because it might increase your cup size. (It never does.)

If I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase, “My boobs have gotten enormous since I went on the pill,” I’d probably be able to afford the breast enlargement surgery I so desperately need.

Though, for the record, breast enlargement by contraceptive pill is largely ineffective; it only ever seems to work on women who have breasts to enlarge (my doctors words, not mine).

7. Having a nice ass but no boobs to match.

If squatting makes your bum bigger, then surely pushups should make your boobs bigger? But, alas, no.

At best, you may end up with super toned boobs, which, in my experience so far, is rarely a quality men look for in women.

8. Having to use your gym membership because if you get fat, your stomach will stick out further than your breasts.

Believe me, that will only make them look smaller by contrast.

9. Boob sex is just never going to happen.

Find a partner who can live with that.

10. Having to deal with larger-breasted people claiming “padded bras are false advertising.”

Well, so is makeup, Photoshop, Spanx and filters on Instagram, but that doesn’t stop the rest of y’all, now does it?

Though, to be fair, the small-breasted life is not all doom and misery. For one, we can sleep on our stomachs without any discomfort.

We can run up the stairs without having to hold down the ladies; we save a fortune in underwear because bras cost like $10, and we will never, ever have to worry about sagging (like seriously, ever).

As if all that wasn’t great enough, you also never have to worry about a guy hitting on you just because of your great boobs. The perks of teeny tiny boobs? He probably just likes you for your great personality or awesome face (go you!).

Plus, if you ever do marry a man who likes big boobs and you’re up for it, you can get him to fork out the 10 grand it’s going to cost for breast augmentation (just claim they’re more for him than they are for you), and save your money for something that really matters, like wine.

…Or larger bras because I’ve heard those things are expensive when you’re not buying them from the Junior Miss section.

Small Boobs Struggles: 10 Things Only People With A-Cups Understand

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