Why Social Media’s Brainwashing Us

At the age of 20, I find it truly surreal how badly peoples lives revolve around social media – the main culprits being Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. We are living in a time where it is the norm to document every single movement we make, letting the world know where we are and what we’re doing. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels 99.9% of what people are posting is complete and utter bullshit.

Instagram is the bane of my life. I will often look down the posts of people I follow and wonder how in God’s name there are 13-year-olds gaining over 200 likes on the photos when I’ll scrape 30 on a good day (I’m not jealous… honest). Instagram didn’t become popular until I was about 15 or 16, but these 13-year-olds in their crop tops, Topshop ‘Joni‘ jeans and Adidas superstars have had these social media platforms since primary school.

Then there’s the photoshoppers. For the love of God if you’re that desperate for likes you feel the need to photoshop your pictures then you need to seriously re-evulate your life. It’s extremely sad we live in a society where people think it’s necessary to photoshop themselves for their Instagram followers to think they’re a bit slimmer that they are or have perfectly airbrushed skin – which FYI doesn’t actually look realistic. I’ll hold my hands up to admitting I’m all for some good lighting and angling but photoshopping is excessive. It’s sad girls aren’t confident enough in their own skin to just put a nice, genuine picture up of themselves. Is it just me that would be truly mortified to meet a new person and have them discover how completely different you look in life to the way you look on Instagram?

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Want to know another thing that’s sad? That people live their lives for Instagram –  I’d bet some people only go travelling for the Instagram opportunities. It’s almost like a virtual reality that it’s a true representation of your life or the person you are. Serial instagrammers are more interested in taking a picture of the food they’ve got instead of actually eating it and they’re more interested in taking a picture of where they are than actually enjoying the experience. Yawn.

Over to Snapchat. Bloody snapchat. It’s like people feel they have to snapchat their nights out to prove themselves. We get it, you went to a club, congratulations. Instead of wasting your time (and battery for that matter) snapchatting every song played or the “fun” you’re having, appreciate the moment you are in and the people there with you for god sake! Pet peeve alert: this filter is not a true representation of how you look! No one honestly has that slimmer face and eyes that big. This filter it totally cheating at life (as demonstrated by actress, Anna Kendrick):

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Source: Instagram @annakendrick47

 

Moving over to the bullshit-fest that is Facebook. Facebook is full of fake friendships and crappy relationships. The only reason I still have Facebook is to assist me with my journalism and for the highly entertaining memes (sorry to my friends that I tag in 7 a day). Why frequently post about you’re undying love for your boyfriend or girlfriend? What are you trying to prove? That you’re actual crappy relationship is all fine and dandy when it’s really on the rocks? Do yourself a favour and spend time working on your relationship instead of wasting time trying to justify it to the people of Facebook.

We’ve become transfixed with focusing on how we present ourselves on social media; whether than be slimmer, or happier than we genuinely are. People have become alienated into believing that social media is the be-all and end-all of their lives and without it they’re nothing. You do not need to look like society wants you to and you don’t need to act that way either. If you go to McDonald’s for a date instead of the Alchemist, who gives a damn. If you go caravanning on holiday instead of a cruise, again, who gives a damn. I saddens me that society has come to a point where people can only feel secure in themselves and the way they look by conveying a false persona.

If you feel the same way as I do, unfollow the people that aggravate you and take a day off from social media. Trust me, you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.

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