We live in the digital age, we’re constantly online, and almost all teenagers and people in their twenties are connected on social media. Bloggers such as myself are scattered all over Instagram and Vloggers are uploading videos of their lives. But, is it real?
Because of the revelation that internet personalities are real with their viewers, that they’re open and honest and give you an actual insight of their lives, people seem to forget that these people are still cutting clips out, not showing you every second of their days and are still filtering out the “bad” bits. Bloggers like me may talk about these issues, but we’re just as guilty for the self censorship and painting the world rose.
So, what is real?
To be honest, even though the online world isn’t real life, there is obviously a lot of reality floating around online, especially lately. For example, my opinions are genuine, if I have something to say, and I say it, I’m not just making it up off the top of my head, it’s something I’ve thought considerably about.
Also, my selfies are mostly unedited, I just add a filter and grain, so that pimple on my chin? Real.
The media have touched on this more times than I can count though, models on instagram are posing in ways to contort their body so that their legs look longer and slimmer, vloggers don’t include arguments with their spouses (Helen Anderson actually does though which is really cool), and for the most part, not a lot of us talk about how negatively we can think of ourselves, none of us really like to open up online for some reason.
This is definitely something I want to change about myself. I definitely want to open up to you more, I want to be able to express to you that, okay, the internet isn’t real, but what I say to you, my opinions that I want to express to you, they are. I’m sure a lot of other bloggers feel the same way too, I can’t tell you that everyone is full of crap and not to believe anyone who isn’t me, because there are plenty of genuine, interesting bloggers out there, but just because we exist, doesn’t mean that the rest of the internet is real.
So don’t feel bad about your own life just because of what you’re seeing online
Just because you’re only seeing for the most part, the good parts of peoples lives, don’t sit and think that you’re a total failure.
It’s been proven that people who use Facebook feel more unsatisfied with their lives because of what their friends and family are posting. It’s easy to forget that just because your Auntie Susan posted photos from two holidays this year, she probably has a lot going on in her life, or she’s probably worked really hard all year to save up for the cost of her break.
It’s also easy to forget that just because bloggers always post hauls, sometimes they get sent things for free and it’s not actually paid for out of their own pocket. So don’t feel poor because you’re constantly seeing consumerism thrown in your face.
All in all, the internet can be a really great place. You can meet new interesting people, you can learn about new cultures and I actually believe that it’s thanks to social media that we’re more politically correct as a society, we’re not perfect, but we’ve started to make much needed improvements. Social media also gives people who struggle to have a voice the opportunity to speak out and raise awareness for their cause. It’s not all bad.