Lets just get one thing straight, I am in no way shape or form trying to ‘diss’ the internet and social media because without it, I wouldn’t have my blog and I wouldn’t be doing what I love doing today!
Our world revolves around the internet, wifi and social media now and there is nothing wrong with that, it has its amazing benefits, what would life be without YouTube and Nextflix and online shopping and Instagram and Snapchat?! And me being from a generation where social media is at it’s highest point it’s ever been at, I’ve seen a lot of things and have had to go through and am still going through enormous pressures because of it. It has become such a part of our daily life that we very occasionally stop to think how powerful the internet actually is. Before really the mid 2000-2010 when the internet took off introducing social media, there where no pressures like there is today, no one worried about whether or not their selfie is good enough, the ‘pout’ face didn’t even get used in that way. Things where so much different. I think we need to take a moment and ask ourselves this: Do we actually know what the internet is doing to us? Therefore I am going to go through a few pros and cons that have popped into mind recently.
The internet and social media can be such a useful tool for flourishing your business and getting to know similar companies and your audience. It’s also great for relationships, if the identity is not stolen of course, you can meet new friends and stay in touch with people who you wouldn’t even speak to if it wasn’t for.. Facebook lets say! It has it’s real highs. Personally I love Instagram the most, partially because I get obsessed with cool feeds and the amazing shots people take and I just like the idea of having a ‘portfolio/mini blog’ of your (chosen) life through images. It’s kind of the biggest social media platform at the moment along with twitter, on both of these platforms you can build up several conversations that you wouldn’t even dream of saying in real life. That is what is so good about it, social media allows people to have the confidence to say things without having to physically say it out load in front of every single follower you may have. However this can be taken advantage of and can spiral into all sorts of bad stuff, keep on reading to see why…
I’m sure we all know the internet can be a scary, dangerous place as it can serve a platform for bullying, grooming and many more manipulating things.
The thing with social media is, there is no break. The amount of nasty, malicious tweets/status’ I see is horrific, people can be so cruel but only online, they wouldn’t dare say it to you in person or even on private messages, they take it for granted and use it as a weapon against people, all for the attention they receive from their peers when they make those comments and it’s just wrong. In my generation in particular, it’s almost a competition to see who can write the best tweet and get the most likes or who can do a really cool snap chat story and not make it the same as everyone else. It must be so tiring to keep that up. Which proves how eager people are to fit in and be ‘cool’ just from what they write about on social media and I haven’t even got onto photos!
People need to understand that the images they are looking at on the internet and social media are refined, edited and chosen to make that person look the best they can. There is nothing wrong with this but people need to realise that the ‘perfect’ Instagram accounts they follow are only showing you a chosen snippet of their life, it is not a realistic example of their everyday life. That is why Instagram can be highly manipulating as it can make you believe anything the user wants you to believe about themselves. Personalities, everything you name it can be faked, all at the expense of a nice looking Instagram feed or a funny twitter page. This is the trap that most young people fall down, the incapability to recognise: ‘well maybe this isn’t actually really what their life is like 24/7’ and ‘maybe they’re just doing it for a higher following’. However it’s totally okay to have a nice Instagram that isn’t 100% true to reality , as bloggers/vloggers you have to do this to make a living but what’s most important is that you try to make it as real as possible and to remember to take every photo you see with a pinch of salt!
There is an enormous amount of pressure for my generation and even greater for the younger years (which somehow I fear for them), some people just don’t know how to handle it, why would we as no one has ever taught us to? That is why I am thinking of doing a similar post but focusing more on dealing with the pressures of social media, please comment/like if you’d like to see this!
Thank you so much for reading this super long post, I do like to write a lot I know! Sorry it was so long but I don’t know how else to say it all than like this, so I hope you’ve realised how powerful the internet actually is and can maybe learn one or two things from this.
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Tilly Rose x