20 Jun The Gram Sham #TheGramSham
The powerful hashtag #TheGramSham highlighted the importance of being a bit more real. It could save someone’s life.
Jo Lurie (@TheJoLurie) started the hashtag #TheGramSham for Youth Day on Saturday. The hashtag was started to highlight the fact that we do not share all aspects of our lives on Instagram, but rather only the good and probably, best bits. Youngsters think that’s our lives and most of the time feel inadequate or like failures when their lives don’t resemble what they see on the app. They don’t realise that no-one’s life is perfect.
Depression and anxiety are on the rise and social media has a hand in it. By participating in the hashtag, we laid bare the ugly side of our lives, the struggles we don’t share on social media. It was extremely brave of those who shared their stories. I followed the posts and can honestly say that it made me feel like I’m not alone in my struggles – we are in it together. I’m sure that many other people, especially the youth, felt the same way.
It made me realise that we should all add in a bit of the ugly side on our platforms from time to time. By portraying perfect lives not only put unnecessary pressures on ourselves, but also on others. Life isn’t perfect, not for anyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your social standing is or where you live – everyone face daily struggles. It doesn’t make you weak to let people see these, it makes you incredibly brave. You might even save someone’s life by making them feel like they’re not alone.
It’s time that we are honest with our audiences. I’m not saying to lay everything bare in every post – some things are personal and best shared with friends and family – but let’s be a bit more real and show more than just the perfect side of our lives.
Here’s snippets of some of the posts. I’ve linked them so that you can read the full stories.