Imagine a day without your phone, or even social media.  Would you be able to do it?

Social media has gained popularity over the years, and it does not seem to be slowing down.  Posting photos of your meals on Instagram, or using Snapchat filters in every selfie has become a part of the daily routine of most young adults.

We asked Saint Joseph’s University students several questions relating to their social media platforms, and their responses were similar to each other.

Using FaceTune to whiten your teeth, or VSCO to find the perfect filter are just two of many approaches social media users do to enhance their photos.  “It’s just not an accurate representation of your everyday life,” senior Erin Rundall says. “It’s just one snapshot of it.” 

The internet connects, informs, and entertains people from all around the world.  What age group you are part of affects which forms of social media you use, according to Pew Research Center.

Around 74 percent of Americans from ages 18-24 use Snapchat, and nearly 71 percent from the same age group use Instagram.  Are you part of these statistics?

What do you think – does social media create a false reality and unrealistic expectations for its users?

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