The Stepford Lives – A Social Media Story

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If you’ve watched the 2004 movie The Stepford Wives, chances are, you already know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, here’s a little intro before I begin. This horror comedy is based in a small town called Stepford, where every wife is “perfect”, and by perfect, I mean exactly that – “perfect”. Every married woman in the town, always has a smile on her face, knows all the right things to say and the right things to do, and is the epitome of everything her man thinks she should be. She cooks, she cleans, she works out, she socialises, she is nothing short of perfect, sometimes cringely so, and at one point, the whole environment makes the sane couple doubt their own normalcy. Stepford wives are the epitome of all things pleasant, graceful, and positive, almost like they’re “too good to be true”. Towards the end, it becomes known, that the perfection indeed was too good to be true, and not everything you see in Stepford, is what it actually is.

As I scroll through social media, glancing at the perfect lives, perfect vacations, perfect relationships, and perfect work life balances of people, I wonder, if I’m in Stepford too, for everything in this world seems flawless. I certainly don’t expect people to post their lowdowns like overworked Mondays, an argument with the spouse, details of their fake sick leaves, or other unappealing aspects of their life that would balance out the perfection. I for sure know, I wouldn’t. But let’s face it, our very human minds, when scrolling through social media, consciously or subconsciously, tends to believe that this is how everyone’s life is all the time – filled with highlights every single day, and by our very human nature, we assume that the grass is greener on the other side.

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What Are Your Distractions Trying To Tell You?

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I have a terrible habit of unlocking my mobile screen often. When I’m supposed to be doing something important at home, like making an important call or writing, this habit goes beyond unlocking, to scrolling through social media, deleting unnecessary files, changing the wallpaper, to everything I think is important, before going ahead with the actual task. From binge-watching Netflix, spending too much time on social media, deciding to organize the entire house right before a big deadline, stuffing in junk food, we all have ways to distract ourselves, sometimes, without even realizing, what we think is important, is actually a distraction.

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