Found a great question, noting down a not-so-great answer.
I could begin by saying how the world today revolves around social media but doesn’t everyone know that already? So instead, let me say that the answer to this question is ‘Definitely’!
I could honestly spend words pretending that it isn’t true but I am not going to do that. How can I do that when I know for a fact that people are highly affected by the way lives are led on Instagram and Facebook?
I have always tried to remain unaffected by the glamour and fakeness of social lives and to some extent, I have succeeded but that doesn’t mean I have never once thought of my life as mundane or myself as ugly. However, I am not alone in this. I have seen some more than amazing people thirst after a life that is as happening as the life models are raving about on their official handles. Every day I heard my friends talking about how some model was donning the latest collection of luxury items and how they wanted to do that too. I honestly feel that social media has the power to make you feel not just boring and poor but also ugly. I can’t count the number of times I hear peers complimenting a model and praying to get his or her body. Teens who just open an account and start walking through that social fakeness assume that is how a successful life looks like. Isn’t it sad that we think that is actually how models and actors look? Isn’t it sad that we seem to forget about how they must have spent hundreds of dollars on make-up, editing, cameras, and professionals?
Having talked about the bad side, let’s focus on the good side. I think Instagram and Facebook have also become a sweet home for people struggling with mental issues. These sites have connected them to other people who need help and of course, to some people who provide that help. These apps have helped so many small businesses take off and thus given love and support to many. Instagram and Facebook have handed artists a chance to put forth their talent and start a new life. They have made donating and spreading awareness so much easier. The lives of several have been saved and improved thanks to that.
One more thing, these people who are regarded as influencers, truly do seem to capture the attention of the masses, be it for a good cause or a bad one.
Thank you for reading! See you in the next blog!