I genuinely feel sorry for the generation that now grows up immediately immersed in social media. I am so thankful I missed that boat. I might be a good few years older, but I am glad most of my teenage years were not plastered all over Instagram and Facebook. I am so glad I didn’t have to compare myself to not just the girls in school but to the billions of others worldwide like nowadays. Yes, I didn’t have the tutorials and I made many many make up faux pas but isn’t that was growing up is all about? I can’t help but feel these days girls (and boys too) feel so much pressure from their online presence. How much is real? How much is bought and how much is faked for the famous ‘insta-worthy’ shot? I do believe that social media is a platform in which you express the best of your life. That is a whole other subject that I don’t want to go into completely but right now I am focussing on the materialism of today. The ridiculous abundance of sales pitches, new wardrobes and fashion that is shoved down our throats.
How many times have you scrolled through Instagram and envied girls outfits, the shoes, that designer bag or dress. I mentally list all of the things I would buy if I had all the money in the world. It shows how advertising has taken a massive shift from the likes of magazines and TV ads to influencers and bloggers. I look at some girls and think; Jesus Christ another new outfit how on earth do you afford it? I have to remind myself from time to time that none of this is real. I know there are people out there who think sh*t I cannot be seen in the same outfit twice or oh my god that’s the latest ‘it’ item I have to have it. The era of fast fashion cheaper, sales and discounts bombard us on a daily basis that its actually quite frightening. The smart technology of today that means after looking online at a dress it follows us to my Instagram feed and pops up there with a discount. It is so easy to see how young girls are led astray by big bloggers and their unobtainable lifestyle. Not many people have access to the freebies they do and that’s what they need to be reminded of. They are given these things and then paid to promote them. Man. It is such a cushy job that I would adore but I can see through it. The crazy era of Instagram vs reality is growing a bigger chasm every single day. It’s true I will sit there and lust after these items and every now and then buy into the sale pitches of some random I have never met with over a million followers but that is my choice. I am so grateful that motions are being put in place where bloggers need to admit to the freebies that they are given and the sponsorship if promoted posts because the bigger picture is those people are start to feel depressed that their lives aren’t as fabulous as others.
The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.Unknown
And just as an FYI I sit and write this wearing a face covered in sudocrem. I wont be posting a picture of it on my gram but this is who I really am and you should be proud to be you too.