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Saturday, 13 August 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA - THE THIN LINE

 





Blogging and social media can be a controversial world to be a part of. Whilst I'm all for the 
'up and coming' women out there creating their own brands and building their empires, there's a thin line when depicting your life online. It is the influencers' job to present something that is true and honest , and remaining wary of their audience and not creating false beliefs for people. 

For me, it was never a line I wanted to cross. I want my online presence to have integrity and remain real. Don't get me wrong, it's all fun and games chatting about clothes and having my own little online platform to stand on, but equally that doesn't mean there is any exemption to life's little niggles. Sh*t happens and things aren't always perfect. I'll hold my hands up and admit I'm not always the first person to admit when things are going wrong, but the urge to present this more came once my sister joined social media. Watching her look up to people online made me flash back to my 13 year old self. I remembered the ongoing conflict of wanting to fit in and my parents constant reminder to realise the power of my own individuality. I looked at other girls in awe, beating myself up that my life wasn't on par with theirs. The stunningly beautiful group of girls that all the girls wanted to be and all the guys wanted to be with, were idols to me. Any outsider looking in thought they had it all. But I couldn't of been further from the truth. My own blindness fooled me. Turns out, they were all, (and still are) facing the same teenage gal problems as me. 

I don't want my 12 year old sister facing the same issue. I don't want her comparing herself to someone's picture perfect feed on Instagram, which my nearly 20 year old self is still guilty of doing. I want her to appreciate someone else's beauty, but not just take it for face value. Life's problems don't hold any exemptions for anyone - no matter how picture perfect their life is online, or how many boys want them in the playground. It is a lesson I wish I could of learnt sooner and it's something I want to ensure I'm portraying no matter how big or small my following online. 




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