In this week’s blog I am going to reflect on the concepts in Bridges’ book from chapter 18. The chapter talked about the following three concepts:envy, jealousy, and competitiveness. For my real life article I found an article on the results of Facebook and especially Instagram. Instagram will be my main focus though. Many people, especially youth spend countless hours on Instagram. One gets so easily drawn into everyone’s business. You can find out where people recently went to eat, vacation, recent purchases, and their accomplishments. It is the visual newspaper that updates at a moments notice. You can also decide whether to hit the like button to promote whatever is being promoted. People put lots of selfie photos on Instagram, which in turn gets people jealous or a feeling of competitiveness.Then in turn you begin to put an even better photo of yourself up. This begins the envy spiral to one up each other. People begin to feel discontent with their own image and lives because these Instagram images make everyone seem like their life is greater and doing so much more than you. The article also states:“You get more explicit and implicit cues of people being happy, rich, and successful from a photo than from a status update,” says Hanna Krasnova of Humboldt University Berlin, co-author of the study on Facebook and envy. “A photo can very powerfully provoke immediate social comparison, and that can trigger feelings of inferiority. You don’t envy a news story.”
“Krasnova’s research has led her to define what she calls an “envy spiral” peculiar to social media. “If you see beautiful photos of your friend on Instagram,” she says, “one way to compensate is to self-present with even better photos, and then your friend sees your photos and posts even better photos, and so on. Self-promotion triggers more self-promotion, and the world on social media gets further and further from reality.” Granted, an envy spiral can unspool just as easily on Facebook or Twitter. But for a truly gladiatorial battle of the selfies, Instagram is the only rightful Colosseum.” (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/07/instagram_and_self_esteem_why_the_photo_sharing_network_is_even_more_depressing.html) All of this falls right into Bridges’ talk about these sins of envy and jealousy. We will envy a peer who looks better or who is doing more than us. Then we get jealous of people who overtake us. All of this causes attitudes that are ungodly and selfish. Everyone wants to be the best looking, or have the best body, designer clothes,or go on awesome vacations, or have the hottest looking girlfriend. The list goes on and on for what envy and jealousy can lead to. Social media is having negative effects on our lives whether we realize it or not. This is an area of self control and making sure our hearts are right with God and not worrying about impressing the world with all our things and looks. Being God’s image bearer is most important.