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I Met My Best Friend On Instagram

Social Media is a crazy place these days and it opens up a world of endless possibilities.

You can create a business, shop, be creative and also find new friends you wouldn’t have otherwise met :).

When I moved to New York, I didn’t know many people and actually ended up meeting one of my best friends of the last 3 years on Instagram! Who would have thought?! Not me! So I wanted to share my story and talk about how the perception of social media really gears our mindset these days.

It all started when I was doing a lot of freelance photography. I was trying my best to build out my portfolio so I was shooting a ton in my free time, too. People were reaching out to me on Instagram to take their pictures and I was reaching out to people I wanted to shoot. I saw that this girl Izzy started following me on Instagram and went through her pictures to see what she was all about. Her feed and general style was really cool and I thought it would be a great opportunity to create content together!

At the same time, the honest truth is that even though I loved her aesthetic, I thought she looked unfriendly and slightly intimidating. I built up in my mind this version of her personality before we had even met. I thought she’d be a little brash based solely on her pictures. Truthfully, I had it all wrong!

When we did meet, I realized immediately that she is the kindest girl and one of the most humble people I know. I seriously don’t know what I would do without her friendship. But I couldn’t stop thinking about why I expected her to be awful.

It’s so crazy to think about the fact that today, we can paint a full picture of someone based on what we can find on the Internet and that first impressions happen way before we ever meet the actual person. Becoming friends with Izzy made me take a step back and realize that first impressions should start when you meet the person IN REAL LIFE and not on the Internet!

Izzy and I always joke about how I thought she was a totally different person before I met her. And she’s told me that it’s not the first time someone has told her this! What is it about the way social media can send a completely false message about who you are to someone else? It’s so crazy that social media can mask your true identity, even if that’s not your intention in the first place.

By Anna Chudnovsky

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