It is unfortunate that social media cannot remain a medium for what it is actually intended to be - a means of social connection and communication with others. Instead, it acts as a platform for encouraging an obsessive reliance on looks and an unrealistic desire to mimic the lifestyle, body, skin, diet, or fitness regime of another. Everyday we are bombarded with images of the foods we should be eating for better health, the cream we ought to dry for better skin, the fitness regimen that will give you your "dream" body. Whether directly or subliminally, messages are constantly circulated that you have another goal to reach or another benchmark to reach. It is saddening to think that something designed to promote closeness and interaction between people can in fact create barriers between them by establishing different standards and thresholds - dividing those who create them and those who try in desperation to reach them. Needless to say, there is no way of preventing social media networks from being used for personal, ostentatious displays. However, we can as individuals choose to remove ourselves from this sphere of preoccupation with the human aesthetic, and to thus decline to constantly "compare and despair"; hopefully leading to the discovery of contentment in our own selves - be that in our looks or our lifestyles.