We used to live in a society where people belived in one another. We used to live in a society where comparing one another wasn't a thing. We used to live in a society where everyone was accepted. We used to live in a society where hapiness existed.
Dave Chappelle got it right ‘The Age of Spin’ is officially dead with social media playing a large role in it; you may not realize it now but the evidence is as clear as an X-ray and finding success on the gram and genuine streams or views across social media has become a trend we seem to focus.
My recent winter break was quiet.
It was about 6 months ago I woke up one day and thought Id had enough of mainstream society, clocking in and out of a job i just couldn't bare any longer. The mornings and late nights flicking thru other people's social media posts, wasting my life away thinking what has This world we live in created for us as human beings?
Censorship is considered a controversial topic to some. Me? I want no part in it.
Don't get me wrong, I genuinely believe social media has in many ways been a great thing for mankind. People can share information at the touch of a button like never before, and keep in touch with family and friends in far away corners of the world. Family and friends that, without the availability of social media, they would have completely lost touch with many years ago.
Its 9:00 AM, you wake up, and immediately reach for your phone, scrolling through your social media: your Facebook, your Snapchat or your Instagram, as you do. Scanning through your news feed, you’re reading posts from celebrities or models, pausing to peruse it, envying their extravagant lifestyle. You come across a picture of said celebrity: nicely dressed, well posed, and standing in the middle of a walkway, in Milan or Rome, or even Fashion Week in NYC. Or how about, when you see the same person next to their Maybach, and during that moment it’s as if someone took the perfect snap shot of that fleeting moment. While you’re sitting there on your bed and you think to yourself “Wow, why can’t that be me? Why can’t I have a picture perfect life where people will take random pictures of me in public?” Does this story sound familiar to you?
So before anyone decides that they are going to freak out by looking at my title
I was watching the news today and they were discussing with some of the models from Instagram about how they became Instagram models. They were GORGEOUS! They were explaining how they make money and how they bare just enough skin to be sexy and intice their followers to follow them. This not only increases the amount of revenue they can earn but it increases the number of people following them on Instagram. They were up in the millions! Mind you most of their followers were men. I was really intrigued by this concept. They were not only beautiful women, but they also had brains and a plan to continue to be successful on Instagram. I was impressed. But I also became sadden. I became bothered not because these women are beautiful and have a huge following but I was saddened and concerned about what this particular perception of beauty is doing to our society today. For the men and women. Everyone cannot be a Kardashian. We all cannot look like these beautiful Instagram followers. Let's not leave out the male models on Instagram as well, we all can't all be Idris Elba. So how can we educate our society and upcoming youth on how to build confidence and be happy outside the gram and other social media sites? How can we teach them to be happy in their skin even if they don't look like these Instagram models? You are not social media.
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