The Gram Sham #TheGramSham

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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.

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Anne Dolinschek
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2 Comments
  • Kerry
    Posted at 07:49h, 20 June Reply

    I have been blown away at some of the things I have read. For no other reason than realizing that we ALL have really real and deep struggles, and it just so happens a lot of them are the same.
    I felt less alone, I felt a new respect for people I had been following for years who I thought had it all together but who actually don’t, who opened up and shared what was on their heart.
    Seeing how we all battle but how we continue to fight is also inspiring.
    I truly believe in the power of letting people know they are not alone, whether it be with their mental illness, their struggles to juggle all their responsibilities or even with their body issues and the only way we can do this is to be real. I’m not saying we must air our dirty laundry everyday but we mustn’t be afraid to speak about the things that are real to us.
    It is so important to keep spreading this message because as you said, it can save a life.

    • Anne Dolinschek
      Anne Dolinschek
      Posted at 08:30h, 20 June Reply

      I agree, Kerry. I also realised that many of us face the same struggles. Making people feel less alone is key to making ourselves and everyone else feel better about whatever our situations may be.

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