Are you the same person on Social Media as you are in real life?

Cheyenne Machovsky, Journalist

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   We see people posting on social media showing themselves in a one-dimensional way, making others think they’re perfect with a perfect life. You would be surprised how many people hide behind their pictures and fake smiles. 

   Often, many people turn to social media to be someone they’re not. It makes them feel better, bigger, perfect, and worry free. In reality, they’re not even close to being okay. You never know what someone is truly going through. So many people are addicted to hiding behind numerous screens and acting as if it were a movie.

   People make fake social media accounts for different reasons, possibly to catfish others, to bully knowing they are hiding behind a screen and wont get caught, to feel big while attacking others, as well as stalking and trolling people. The difference between bullying and attacking is; bullying has six different classifications: verbal, sexual, prejudicial, physical, cyber, and relational. Attacking could be launching or engaging in a violent or physical manner as well as doing it emotionally and physically by words. 

   Nowadays, people make “spam accounts” on another new account to post what they want such as nudity, drugs, being reckless, showing themselves off as a whole different person, only allowing certain people, trusting those to not say anything about them and their choices and acts. 

   Famous people come off as if they have everything in the world. People go to social media to be like them, dress like them, act in a way for them and really look up to them a lot. Although not many people understand; they’re humans just like the rest of us. 

   They don’t live in a “perfect world”. For they face challenges just like the rest of us. Divorces, court, drugs, fights, accidents occurring and so much more! Yet famous people cant truly show their other side. They have young audiences that look up to them, and they want them to continue gaining more followers, whatever it is, to garner more attention. I really do give credit to those actors, models, and even musicians, who do come out and speak about the struggle and showing us younger people that it is okay. 

   Kurt Cobain (from my hometown), died by suicide, leaving a note behind explaining everything to his wife Courtney. He was only 27 years old, just starting his life out.  He was a huge American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the guitarist and front man of the rock band Nirvana. 

   Robin Williams, an American actor, and comedian, was 63 years old when he died by suicide. He was in the movies RV, Night at the Museum 3, Jumanji, Aladdin, Hook, at least 71 movies. He died by suicide at his home, August 11, 2014. He, as well, had Lewy Body Dementia. Lewy body dementia is an umbrella term that includes Parkinson’s disease dementia and two dementias characterized by abnormal deposits of the protein alpha-synuclein in the brain. The side effects are, visual hallucinations and changes in alertness and attention. Other effects include Parkinson’s disease-like signs and symptoms such as rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors. 

   Kate Spade, an American fashion designer and businesswoman was only 55 years old when she died by her own suicide. Kate was living a wonderful life, making her own designs and making millions which you’d think is everyone’s dream. 

   You never see the bad side of anyone anymore. We’re all caught up in wanting to be perfect, to gain more followers, to get certain likes and comments. Society has changed us to put ourselves out more to be more known, to dress a certain way, as well as being someone we aren’t. We need to be ourselves; don’t look up to any one because we need to be ourselves and learn to be different and love ourselves. 

   Depression and anxiety aren’t always shown. People hide their feelings and emotions more than you would realize. It’s never the ones who are crying or showing their emotions, for It’s always the ones who are the happiest, laughing, and seeming “to be fine.” It could be anyone, at any given time. Don’t think twice that the star football athlete, or your principal, or your neighbor wont attempt suicide. It could be anyone. 

    If you know anyone who is suicidal, including yourself, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. We can all help prevent suicide. The lifeline helps you discuss any issues you’re going through, they listen and give you feedback that actually helps. I have done it and it has saved my life. You’re never alone, ever. You’re loved, worthy, enough, important. It is okay to not be okay.