Yes, I know that it’s long gone New Years but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a resolution and do something to better my life. Even in February!
It is very rare to find a teenager without a smartphone nowadays. The internet is so easily accessed and its effect on people has been largely debated. I used a smartphone to write a draft of this post when the idea came to me and I finished it on my laptop.
Social media affects our view of the world. Everyone is just so … perfect. Trying to live up to the standards of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and lately VSCO is exhausting.
What’s scary for me though is how easy it is for someone to post a picture of you or write something about you. The other day my friend took a photo of me that I didn’t like and posted it on her snapchat story where everyone could see it. When I told her how much I didn’t like it and begged her to take it down, she laughed and posted more pictures of me. She didn’t take it down, did the opposite really. I got up and left the room and she still didn’t realise why.
Maybe when you read this you’ll think my friend was in the wrong and should’ve listened to me or you’re thinking that I’m overreacting. It wasn’t an indecent photo, just one of my face from an unflattering angle.
I’ve lost track of where I was going with this story but what I’m trying to say is that… it isn’t right for others to take photos of us and post them without permission from us, even though I am guilty of doing the same. What’s worse is I only realised how much it affects you when someone did it to me.
I’m making a conscious effort to not care how I look in photos anymore. Of course a certain angle can make you look better or that it’s better to take a selfie from above but what matter? It’s still you in the photo. I realised that I care too much about how I look and social media is making me vain.
So what I’m trying to say is that I am staging a war on the effects social media has on how I feel. My instagram is going to be filled with photos that make me smile, not ones that get me the most likes. My facebook is going to be a haven of memories made and shared with family and friends and I want a snapchat where my friends and I share what goes on in our day (with each others express permission) and just have fun taking pictures and making memories.
I think we should all do this if I’m being honest. I love social media but the negatives are clear. We all need to realise that life is just too short to spend hours trying to get the right picture. So I guess what I’m trying to say is to just love yourself, make more memories and not care about what others think.