We live in a world where people have mastered the art of managing impressions. There’s fake news everywhere. Fake followers. Fake lives. Fake well… everything. The filters and perfected poses make our lives look better than they really are. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at some of the things I encounter on social media.
The Japanese practise of honne-tatemae describes the contrast between one’s true feelings and desires and public facade. The two rarely ever match up. It’s a practise that leaves many foreigners utterly confused or highly critical about the lack of transparency that’s pervasive in Japanese culture. But is honne-tatemae a uniquely Japanese phenomenon?
WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK? It’s a thought that’s probably crossed your mind a million times. But really…Who are these people?
This superficial nonsense that social media encourages is what made me go off Facebook for three years. The amount of utter BS that’s on it is just astounding. Too many people are more concerned about how their lives look to others than the reality of the lives they’re actually living.