Monday, November 16, 2015

Social Media in the Media


This is a long overdue post that has for the most part, has passed in the media but I wanted to voice my opinion on the topic regardless. 

I'm sure by now you've all heard of the ex-blogger and her blast against social media. The former Instagram model has a large following but recently deleted her photos, changing course entirely. She claims that "social media is a lie," and she will no longer allow social media to take advantage of her and depict her as someone she's not. I've been seeing her story on pretty much every social media platform, and it seems that many people are agreeing with her, as if she was the first individual to experience this "revelation". First of all,  I believe that social media is not a lie. Social media is what you make it. If you choose to sell yourself out for a couple of $$ and post scandalous and revealing photos for no other reason that for "likes" and praise from strangers around the globe, I'm sorry to say, but you (and your media accounts) can be called a lie, not social media as a whole. 

I have to admit, I've been there. There have been times where I believed that I wasn't good enough, or did not have enough followers or likes. I thought I'd never be as popular as these established bloggers that get paid to travel the world in the latest trends. I've felt like I had to post certain content or people wouldn't be interested in my life. But then I realized, that's not why I started my blog or Instagram account. I started it to share my outfits and snaps from my daily life, and suddenly I was okay with the feedback I was getting. 

All social media platforms allow us to post content at our own free will, similarly, we are not forced or binded by any inherent agreement to post anything based on criteria. Don't blame social media for twisting the truth because you wanted your fifteen minutes of fame, got a little more, and now decided that it's no longer what you want. I agree that social media contributes to the unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves, and many-a-times, it is a negative influence to young people. However, we should all take responsibility for our own decisions and accept that there are many factors in play here. To any blogger, it's common knowledge that if you have established yourself well enough, you will likely be paid to post content wearing brands or advertising products. There's no lie there, but everyone still has a choice. Make the right choices for yourself. Don't blame a global platform for your poor decisions. 

What are your thoughts and opinions on this issue? Let me know in the comments below!


Xo, Sarah


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