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Comparing yourself to people online

It’s easy to get into the habit of comparing our lives to the lives of others online.

Everyone seems to be thinner, richer, happier. Even when we know that people use very selective moments, exaggerate them and then add filters for good measure – we can still feel ‘lesser’.

We need to stop!

1. We need to look after our mental health.

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain

We need positivity and inspiration. We can find a lot of it online, but even more inside. We mustn’t rely on others to feel good about ourselves.

2. Our career development is unique

@jobswithjess from California said:

‘Unhealthy comparison to others can get in the way of our career development. It can feel overwhelming to think that others have everything figured out. The reality is that no one has everything figured out.’

3. Ethical online presence

On this blog we write about online ethics, and it’s a lot easier to be ethical if the purpose of your posts is to be of value to others, rather than trying to look impressive.

We never know what’s really going on in other people’s lives – but I can promise you that it’s harder than it looks. Everyone is going through their own struggle. Whatever it might be, let’s be kind to others and to ourselves.

I know that it’s easier said than done so I would be delighted to hear your thoughts on how to stop comparing lives online.

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