Social Media Changed My Diet Forever

Amanda Montell

It's a common scenario: I come home from the office, sleepy and cross-eyed from staring at the Internet all day. It's 7 p.m., and I'm ready to eat some food and turn off my brain. On the drive home, I planned to light a few candles, arrange myself a plate of crudités, and tuck into Carrie Brownstein's new book. But of course that's never how these things go. By 8 p.m., I'm gobbling microwaved macaroni, eyes glued once again to my screen. With my computer's brightness at its max, I furiously scroll through Instagram and binge on a smorgasbord of YouTube videos. Hey, I can't help it. It's 2016, and this is the only way I know how to relax.

For me, social media has always been a guilty pleasure. Some call it a waste of time, a leech on our generation's attention span. But I'm careful not to let myself get too sucked in. Sure, I enjoy perusing a pretty Instagram account or plunging into the back catalog of a beauty guru's YouTube channel as much as any millennial. But I keep people's online personas at arm's length. It's all just as curated and phony as reality television. No one actually eats crudités by candlelight.

At least that's what I always thought, until one fateful night on the Internet forever changed both the way that I eat and my attitude toward social media's impact on everyday life.

Curious? To see how social media convinced me to change my diet forever, keep reading.

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