The generation that we are living in has made social media a core focus. Nearly every teenager has around three social media platforms that they check daily. The pressure to be have a large following and may likes is was drives us today. I myself am guilty of being affected if I don’t get as many likes as normal. Obviously it’s not heartbreaking nor does it upset me, but I still think about it. I still feel slightly disappointed that my photo didn’t get 100 likes. But why should my social status and how ‘popular’ I am determine on a few figures on social media. With people buying likes and following who knows what’s real anymore.
Social Media has become a huge platform for the growth of new celebrities. The birth of Instagram sensations such as Tammy Hembrow have shown influential social media can now be. What I think the biggest thing we forget is that their life isn’t as wonderful as it seems. Vloggers are often guilty of showcasing such a perfect life, but what we see is 10 minutes of their whole day that’s not even 10%.Their life is portrayed as so positive and you start to see it as your ‘goals’ but in fact you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Looking at your own social media, you only post photos that you like and would never post one showing yourself in a negative light. I’ll tell you what I look a dam sight better on Instagram than I currently do sat here writing this now. By no means am I ashamed of what I look like I just like to showcase the best of me. And that’s exactly what everyone else does. They have their best angle, best makeup and best lighting ensuring they look their best. With the increase of Photoshop more and more people are editing their own photos, so now what we portray as our own ‘goals’ are no longer realistic.
One photo that’s been going around recently is a great example of showing our self at our best.
By no means does she look bad or unattractive as quite frankly I would love to look like that when I sit down. However the picture highlights that we do show our best and that in reality the majority of the time we don’t actually look like that. I have huge respect to this women to actually show society that she herself does not look perfect all the time. Obviously we aren’t stupid and know she doesn’t but we do just forget and let it slip by .
Right, I enjoy my social media and I mean come on who doesn’t. One of the best things is to see what everyone else is doing and if your a little nosey like me you’ll love it. I use to spend hours every night just scrolling and scrolling to make sure I saw everyone’s post. I was never interested in everyone but I hated missing posts. Think, how many times a day you check your phone. The average person checks there phone 85 times a day. 85!! Shamefully I must admit I think I check mine a little more. The amount of time spent on my phone is a little disappointing, the time I waste where I could be doing so much better things but I’m more concerned on what some girl I hardly know spent her evening doing. I no longer want to be a part of this social bubble. There’s no way I’m stopping using social media, simply I’m just cutting down. I no longer feel the need to see everyone’s post and i know longer feel the need to try so hard with my social media. My Instagram feed has never been aesthetic and my colours don’t match at all and you know what I don’t care.
The thing is social media is making us less social.The more time online the less time we actually spend connecting. While spending time interacting in person we become less engaged and still direct focus onto our phone. The thing is we no longer consider it rude when we ignore the peron we have arranged to meet to simply check what everyone else is doing. The real connected becomes weaker yet the social media connectio behind a screen grows.