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My Honest Views about Social Media

The internet has become so powerful in today’s world. It has become today’s version of the newspaper. You can look up pretty much anything you want to know. I myself have googled things like, ‘why do we have noses?’ and my personal best ‘can pineapples bounce?.’ The internet is an amazing place to watch or search just about anything. And I mean ANYTHING!

You can watch informative videos, reality videos, music videos, or you can read articles if you prefer. The fact that we have this amazing place to find anything we want, is extraordinary, and you should use it to your advantage whenever you need it.

You could decide one day that you would like to become knowledgeable in a certain field, and learn about it very quickly. You have all the knowledge in the world at your fingertips. From factual information, to opinions from others. It’s amazing how today’s teenagers have all this information at hand, when I was younger, I relied on my parent’s advice or a book. No one really looked at the internet for knowledge back then. It was more for playing games or using the Microsoft packages.

Social media is also a big part of the internet too for many people. It can also be like checking the newspaper every day. Social Media is great to follow your favourite celebrities or promote your brand online. I myself love checking Social Media to look at beautiful images of the world or to see what my favourite Youtubers are up to. I also like checking it to see what my favourite Youtubers are wearing or to get ideas for places to visit. It’s wonderful how you can connect so closely with people you admire. I myself like to leave a comment on people’s photos, whilst trying not to come off creepy. One of my favourite Youtubers is Zoe Sugg, and I’m trying not to comment on every photo, but it’s tempting! You can feel really close to your favourite stars, with the touch of a button.

In my view, Social Media and the internet are a great place to be, as long as they are used correctly. For example, following people who you think are better looking than you, comparing yourself to them and then feeling low. First of all, everyone has different qualities about themselves that make them unique and beautiful, and comparing yourself to someone who has spent ages getting the right angle, selfie or photo by a professional photographer, is unrealistic. At the end of the day, it is their jobs to be posting on Social Media, therefore they spend way more time getting the perfect photo than you do. They probably have a good team of makeup artists and hair stylists around them too to make them look their best. All of those things that you think are imperfections make you beautiful, they make you, you.

A lot of things you see on the internet aren’t real. For example, if you look at someone who appears to be skinny, just think they have took ages to get that way, and they have waited for the perfect day to take that photo. I bet they won’t take a photo after they have eaten a McDonalds big mac. The truth is, what you see on people’s social media, isn’t their reality. You only see the good days and good photos. Photos are created to look good for the viewers. People won’t be taking photos on their bad days. It’s almost like it’s a positive version of their lives. And, at the end of the day, people connect more to what is real, than what appears sugar coated. Being yourself is what people want to see. They want to see the real, authentic you. They want to see you reality. And unfortunately, people have confused reality with a false one. Whatever you do, don’t let your self-esteem or confidence be tied up in the unrealistic world of social media. You could literally create any persona online, and people will believe it. If you want to build a following online, it’s better to show the world the real you, rather than a fake version.

I have noticed a lot of celebrities talk about their problems in interviews, and it’s so nice to hear. It’s nice to hear that these people are just as human as the rest of us, that they experience problems too. But it’s not about the problem; it’s about how you deal with it.

When you compare yourself to others, you forget who you really are deep down. You spend so much time looking at everyone else, that you forget to look at yourself. You forget all of your amazing qualities. It doesn’t matter what content is out there, it’s how you react to it that matters most.

Let go of your insecurities and your negativity. You are amazing, and you have the right to show the world that.

What are your views on social media? Let me know in the comments.

See: How to love Yourself