Leigh Richardson: Social Media Posts Might Be Masking Real Pain


Life portrayed on social media may not be what it seems. A viral tweet by Buzzfeed writer and podcast host Tracy Clayton was a catalyst for conversation about mental health and how social media is used as a tool to mask real pain behind the screens.

The tweet read:


“Social media has created a different culture, a comparison culture.”

The tweet received thousands of likes and hundreds of retweets. Leigh found the gesture inspiring and impactful.

“People found hope, more hope by being able to share information and to hear what other people had to say about it…Social media, it’s here. It’s part of our day-to-day life. But we all need to learn how to use it and that it’s not just a spot for us to compare ourselves to everybody else.”

Watch the Full Interview Here