I’m guilty of it also…. “Throwing it back” or “Flashing back” to photos of events that happened long ago. Posting on social media about things we’ve done in the past, and reflecting on those events for our followers to see, even if we had zero followers during the time when the photo was taken.
In fact, I just posted a “#tbt” on my Instagram page.
Why do we do that? Do we not have content to share that is relevant to what’s happening in our lives at this very moment? Do we want attention for things that have happened in the past, quite possibly during a time when social media was not something we had ever heard of? Maybe we just need the positive feedback from people we’ve never met about how cool our life is. Does that make us feel more relevant?
Talking about these questions, and their potential answers, is a part of who I am. I am currently earning my second degree in Psychology, and I love knowing how the human brain works.
In today’s world our brains seem to think about social media more than what it thinks about our current situations. Want to distance yourself from something difficult that’s happening in your world? Scroll through Instagram. Want to find out what other people are suffering through? Scroll through Facebook. Want to have people tell you that you’re pretty, or smart, or relevant? Post on any social media site and wait for it. The comments will come eventually. The people will notice that you want feedback, or approval, and they’ll double tap that photo or comment on how cute you were as a kid.
So, do you want to know why I posted my “Throw Back Thursday” photo today on my Instagram?
Because I recently updated my iPhoto library to the iCloud on all of my devices, and now I have instant access to photos of things that happened years ago. And the photos are cool, and I loved the experiences I had, and I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished in my life. And also because I like to show off.
At least I’m honest! As long as we are posting and sharing on social media for the right reasons it can be an incredible experience. Similar to pulling out our phones and scrolling through photos with friends and talking about life experiences, posting on social media can be a nice way to introduce our world to others. It can also backfire. Relying on positive reinforcement or feedback from “followers” whom we’ve never met can be a gray area in our social world. If people like your photos, that’s great. But don’t base your entire sense of self-worth on other people or what they think of you.
Know your worth. Keep having experiences in life and enjoying each moment as if you were going to snap a photo and post it on social media. Show off for yourself, and you’ll get a lot more out of this world.