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Does social media make you spend more money?

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ATLANTA -  The notion of 'Keeping up with the Jones' is not new, but there is a new pressure coming at you.

Peer pressure - whether you're 13 or 33 - is a powerful thing. Now throw in social media and you have what an Atlanta counselor calls 'Keeping up with the Jones' on steroids. And if you're not careful that can get costly.

All those pictures of friends on Facebook or Instagram might make you think your friends have the perfect marriage, the best kids, tons of money. Feeling a little envious is one thing, but spending beyond your means to keep up is another. So how do you take a reality check?

Scott Leenan, a certified therapist and owner of Intown Counseling & Wellness says, how you engage on social media says a lot about how you see the world through those snapshots.

"I think if you are using it to engage others you can get a positive feeling associated with that. But to simply browse and be a user of it without engagement, it has negative connotations and the research really does show that," Mr. Leenan said.

He says getting involved by 'liking' pictures or perhaps making comments helps that vignette of a pricey looking vacation come into focus by finding out details - maybe it's a trip your friends saved years to take. They're not rich they just saved money. Maybe that fancy car is really just a hand-me-down with some miles on it.

Reach out send an email, make a phone call - that still works.


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