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Sunday, 25 November 2018

The Implications of Social Media

Social media...as much as I love using the various platforms and would love to have a career in the area some day, it definitely has it's negative implications on most people. Social media platforms can be used to send such amazing messages and used for positive purposes but we all know that as social media has grown, the impact on body image, confidence and comparing ourselves to others has taken a turn. 

Social media now follows us everywhere we go. Most people now have a phone which they can access all social media platforms easily on an everyday basis. Most people I know are active on social media and it's a massive part of social interaction. 

All images in this post are taken by Josey Grace- please go and check out her Instagram page and website!



'We're living in an era where capturing the moments using our phones is more important than actually living these moments with whoever is beside us.'




Body image is one thing that I think social media has had a big impact on. Especially as a female, I am constantly seeing images of beautiful women, fitness videos, fashion choices and so much more. I will admit that it does have a negative effect on me as I am always questioning my own body image and feeling bad about myself. I think that for most people, they will also feel the same as comparing yourselves to others you see on social media is a natural thing to do and we're all only human. Social media has changed a lot of people's perception of what beauty really is and is exposing young girls to certain beauty standards. At the end of the day, we only post the good things on social media and post times where we look and feel our best. We should try to focus on building each other up than tearing each other down. Instead of comparing yourself to someone online, you should give them a compliment! This has been something to help me with the negative impacts and it makes me feel good to let other's know how amazing they are. A lot of what we see is unrealistic standards so it's important to follow people who inspire you, motivate you and don't make you feel like you're anything less!

As people post so much on social media, we often feel like we need to be doing what everyone else is doing. Whether this is buying certain clothes, visiting certain places of eating certain things. There will always be a popular trend no matter where you go and we will always notice a lot of people using or doing the same thing. At the end of the day, if you can't afford something or aren't really interested in something that's massively popular, then you shouldn't feel the pressure to feel like you have to follow the crowd. I think being unique and coming up with your own thing is so much more inspiring than seeing the same thing over and over on social media. Yes, there will be some things which I want due to social media or places that I want to visit, but I never pressure myself or convince myself that I have to do these things because everyone else is. Especially in the Blogging community, it's easy to get caught up in feeling like I should be posting certain images, buying certain products and visiting these incredible places. But, I have learnt how important it is to not get sucked into all this and stay true to myself. 



'Make sure are happy in real life, not just on social media.'



Mental Health is something that is talked about so much more on social media now but at the same time, social media is the cause of a lot of mental health issues that people are going through. Social media can have a big impact on social interaction, confidence and self-esteem. Cyber-bullying has increased a lot as social media has grown and it is having a big impact on a lot of people's mental health. As people are focusing on numbers, what people look like and what people say, it is causing groups to form and stereotypes to arise. Social media can lead to jealously, social effects and many other things. I sometimes see it as viscous cycle, but if we use it in the right way and not use it for negative impacts, then it can be an amazing thing. I think it is amazing to discuss such important subjects like Mental Health and to offer help and advice to anyone who needs it. But it's important to try and not get caught up in the negative side of social media. 

The final thing that I wanted to talk about is the effect social media can have on relationships. Whether this is a partner, friend or family member. I have heard so many stories of relationships being damaged due to social media. People find out things on social media, see things they didn't want to see or feel jealously more often. People can easily get caught up in checking someone's profile of what they are doing and where they are. I think social media has had an impact on how people trust others and I also think it has had an impact on the amount of effort people make with others. Just because you have kept up to date on someone's Instagram, this doesn't mean that you have caught up with someone. Giving someone a text or a call can make such a difference and shows you are making the effort to speak to them or go round and see them. I know a lot incidents where people have fallen out or grew apart due to social media and it's such a heartbreaking thing to see happen. Remember that making an effort with someone to see how they are doing is so important and a comment on a photo or a like on a status isn't the same kind of interaction that will keep a relationship going. 




I didn't want this post to be a negative one as you know that's not how I like to portray things on here, but I really wanted this to be a reminder of the effects of social media and the impact it can have on people. Social media can be the most amazing thing and I love how people can finally now make a career from it. I use social media platforms on a daily basis and love seeing the incredible things that people are doing. I make sure that the people I follow are those who inspire me and share the love. I don't surround myself with people who use social media for the negative uses and this is such an important thing for me. I would really love to follow some of you guys on social media so please let me know your usernames! I hope you enjoyed reading today's post and I hope it reminded at least some of you that sometimes it's more important to live in the moment than worrying about capturing it on our phones.

Kellie xx

'Your worth is not measured in likes, comments or followers; but in your ability to love, keep comments to yourself, take note and lead.' 
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