1 in 4 Americans Find Themselves Envious on Social Media

According to a Harris Poll, one in four adults experience feelings of jealousy or anger when seeing their friends post photos of their exotic vacations or homes – because they think those things might be out of their reach, financially.

“Feeling envious on social media can certainly put pressure on individuals to try and live beyond their means, either from pictures of celebrities posting about their lifestyle, or even from peers posting about their most recent purchase, vacation or day trip,” according to Dr. Sean Stein Smith of American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, AICPA, which helps readers manage and invest for retirement. A blog on the Institute’s website suggests ways to work through the feelings triggered by social media posts.

Do

Be happy that your friends are living well.
Remember that every photo is cropped, and often there are many outtakes before the best ones are chosen.
Remember that their story is different from yours. They have faced different obstacles, and you only see less than half of the picture.

Don’t

Compare your “blooper reel” with their “highlights.”
Minimize your own strengths, loves or adventures.
Forget that the brag books of social media are often ways to compensate for feelings of emptiness and isolation.

What ways do you manage your social media to make it a positive experience?

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