Joanna Gaines Opens Up About How Social Media Started Robbing Her Joy

Do all those picture perfect moments on social media ever leave you feeling like your own life isn’t good enough? Well, you’re not alone. Joanna Gaines talks social media in the Spring 2019 issue of The Magnolia Journal. And she admits to battling the same feelings of insecurity as the rest of us!

Social media can be a great way to keep up with friends and family. But you have to be careful. It can also start to impact your real life in some not-so-healthy ways. And that’s true for all of us, even former “Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines.

Before HGTV launched Chip and Joanna Gaines into the spotlight, Joanna didn’t put much thought into her social media presence.

“It wasn’t so very long ago that I had only a handful of followers on Instagram,” Joanna recalled in The Magnolia Journal. “There wasn’t any pressure to post anything at all, so whenever I did, it didn’t really cross my mind whether or not people would ‘like’ it.”

But after hitting official “celeb” status, suddenly Joanna’s posts were under a new level of scrutiny. She now has millions of followers. So even the most innocent post can sometimes bring an unexpected onslaught of criticism. Like the time a simple photo of Baby Crew at the doctor brought on a huge vaccination debate (read about it HERE).

Suddenly, Joanna found herself becoming more preoccupied with what and how to post on social media.

“I could feel insecurity start to creep in, and posting a photo was no longer an act of enjoying the in-the-moments of life but rather a more calculated decision,” she said. “With every picture I found myself critiquing if there were messy backgrounds or blurry smiles.”

JOANNA GAINES TALKS SOCIAL MEDIA PRESSURES

Joanna Gaines is a mom to five children: three boys — Drake (13), Duke (9), and Crew (7 months) — and two daughters — Emmie (8) and Ella (12). And like most moms, she likes to capture those special family moments on camera and sometimes share them online.

But she started to realize the pressure of trying to be “perfect” on social media was beginning to steal her joy.

“I think this is how we can end up losing sight of what is worthy of sharing and what is even more worthy than that – moments worth simply experiencing,” Joanna said. “Eventually, I realized that I was letting this small square on my phone become yet another thing to perfect.”That’s when Joanna took a step back. And when she did, the down-to-earth mom recognized the truth.

“It is so easy to let social media rob us of authentic moments,” Joanna Gaines said. “And what happens when we don’t think our ‘real life’ looks as good as someone else’s? We make adjustments – find better lighting, dress our kids in something nicer, place a vase of fresh flowers in the background, or add the perfect filter.”

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