Social media isn't real life.
By now I bet anyone on the internet would know this phrase. Over the last few weeks everyone's been talking about what's happened with Essena O'Neill quitting social media. We all have our personal decisions about what she's done and how she chose to react but I'm not going to really discuss that.
From what I know, and what I've read many other people on social media say, we know social media isn't real life. Hopefully the rest of the world knows that too, but let's be honest here. Social media isn't real life when it's made to look that way. If you were to look at my Instagram, for example, it's pretty much 90% real life. Why?
Because I share my workouts, my yoga flows, my workout clothes or whatever else I really choose to. When I share my workouts, when i do challenge and upload yoga photos, guess what, 90% of the time I just set up a camera and actually workout or do a flow then go through it and take the bits i want into 15 seconds or screenshot the photo I want from the video. At the start it was hard because I had no idea how to take a proper photo or where the camera should go but now I do.
That's why I know when I want a certain pose taken in a photo (if I remember actually) I look at the camera and smile or make it more "posey" cause that sure looks better than my workout/serious yoga face. Maybe I want to share what I wore and how real is a mirror selfie, it's literally the exact same photo I'll show my friends 5 minutes after I take it because I like the outfit I have on!
Other than this bit, I don't see how anyone really thinks of social media is that bad of a thing. Unless of course you don't know how to use it. It brings opportunities, introduces you to likeminded people, find amazing brands and helps you keep in touch with family and friends all over the world. So unless you really decided to misuse it or share too much personal information, how did you really end up thinking social media is the enemy?
I love social media, Truthfully, I stayed away from a lot of it for many years just because I wasn't interested. There was Facebook and Tumblr but a lot of that was reading what everyone else said or did. It was only when I started yoga and working out more seriously that I made my Instagram account and it went form there. There are no "personal" accounts or photos or videos except for maybe the 1 in 1000 I decide to upload. The closest you get to my "real life" outside of this, is snapchat. But hey, even then most of the time I talk about the same old stuff.
I've met some amazing people through social media and I wouldn't trade their friendship for the world. I don't think this is dangerous or evil or wrong in any way, mainly because most of the time, I know what I'm doing and I stick to what I know is right for myself.
You run your life, it's a game and you have the controller. No one says you HAVE to do anything. I choose what I do, what I post, what I wear and what I say. You can do exactly the same
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