Why People Quit Their ‘Beautiful’ Social Media Lives

In making her very public break with social media, Instagram model Essena O’Neill wrote that the drive for followers, likes and views “suffocated” her. “I would just spend hours looking at everyone else’s perfect lives,” she wrote, “and I strived to make mine look just as good.” Sounds familiar, right? That’s because it is. O’Neill’s social media use was sort of a heightened version of how most people engage with these platforms; she...

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