Social media is not real life but I still compare myself to others online, says Lottie Ryan

LOTTIE Ryan has said that social media “isn’t real life” – but admitted that she compares herself to people on her timeline.

And she says that everyone she knows, including celebrities, compares their lives to the people they follow.

Lottie says that people including celebrities compare their lives to the people they follow on the web.


Lottie says that people including celebrities compare their lives to the people they follow on the web.Credit: Sportsfile

Lottie, 36, told the Irish Sun: “Everybody compares themselves. It doesn’t matter who you are – everyone does it. ”

She said: “We can go to great lengths to say that we are not comparing ourselves even subconsciously, we are looking at people and comparing ourselves.

“But let’s just remember, no one posts their bad days, or their failed park run, or their sneaky Chinese.

“People are posting their salads, their 20k – whatever theirs is. That’s not real life.”

The 2FM host said she often unfollows people and tries to regain perspective on what she’s getting into.

“We don’t walk around with a permanent filter on,” she said.

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“So you just have to accept that and do your best to keep it all in sight.

“We all make the mistake of looking at things and feeling like we’re not good enough or someone is doing a lot better than us.

“I regularly do a bit of clarity for the people I’m following.”

She continued: “I think everyone evaluates themselves compared to other people. That’s why you should pause it, the harder the better. ”

Although Lottie often “shuts down,” she said she understands that it may not be so easy for others.

“I totally understand there are people who are living under the pressure of constantly providing content, so it’s not easy for them,” she explains.


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She said: “I want to do something with Dancing with the Stars if it comes back.

“And I tried to make that happen by downloading podcasts.”

The RTE presenter welcomed her first wolf cub with her husband Fabio Aprile last June.

And she says her exercise routine has changed since having a baby.

She said: ‘It has changed for me in recent months, I don’t run because I already have a baby.

“So I’m going out with the buggy and I’m walking. And then I started trying to slowly jog with the stroller. So it goes up and down erratically.”


Lottie will kick off 2022 with the VHI ParkRun in St Anne’s Park, Dublin – and feels the 5k track is the perfect opportunity for those starting their fitness journey or interested in volunteering.

“Over the past two years, it’s been hard to maintain any sort of routine between locking the door, working, and being a mom,” she said.

She added: “I think a lot of people in their 20s and 30s, during the lockdown, find that they’ve been cut off.

“I hear a lot of people talking about cutting ties with their friends, so it could be a good way to make a new group of friends or to get back into life again.”

The parkrun takes place every Saturday at over 100 locations across Ireland.

“New Year’s is always a good time to start over, and parkruns are a great opportunity to get out of the house on a Saturday morning and do something healthy for yourself,” says Lottie.

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