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I have weeks where I am fully committed to social media and using it to grow my business and weeks where I literally cannot stand it and can't wait to get away from it.
Being an older brother, my hate for social media has developed and the reason behind it is something I am extremely passionate about, I hope this blog can raise some awareness , please read on.
People struggle with insecurity because they compare themselves to everyone else's 'highlight' reel.
Social media is used for peoples best bits, the perfect picture, the perfect body, the new car, flashy watches and success quotes.
How can you not compare yourself to others when you are at the bottom of the food chain trying to work your way up?
Every time you click on that little Instagram icon you are faced with people looking SO DAMN HAPPY as they sit and eat with friends in one of the top restaurants in London, Rolex on the wrist and a LV handbag perfectly placed in the picture.
But are they really happy or are these 'things' just a cover up for their own insecurities?
Insecurities about how people might view them, especially if they've portrayed that kind of image in the past - how can you possibly let other people view you as not being 'successful'?
Its absolute madness.
Can you tell this has been getting to me recently?
'Influencers', especially in the fitness world are the worst culprits. Editing pictures to make themselves appear leaner, posing to create curves that nobody knew were possible and talking about how positive and happy everybody should be with their body...Ironic.
I blame social media influencers for the ongoing battle people have every single day when they look in the mirror, especially young girls. Your image does not dictate your self worth and do you know what, the cleaner and more pure your image is, the more respect I have for you.
Social media not only exposes young girls to certain beauty standards but emerging research shows it may contribute to the development of eating disorders and body dysmorphia, in females as well as males.
More than half of teenage girls and approximately 1/3 of teenage boys engage in eating disorder behaviors such as crash dieting, taking diet pills or laxatives, and self-induced vomiting.
An alarming statistic when you look at the effects following on from this - mental health problems and social anxiety being the two that stand out to me the most.
Having a little sister active on social media worries me more than anything in the world and I can't help but be sympathetic as I understand the huge benefits from social media as well as the negatives.
Maybe if people portrayed a more positive, REAL, natural image on their platforms then we wouldn't have so many issues regarding the above.
Say no to Photoshop and sideways poses to make your booty appear bigger than it is and yes to natural beauty and positive body image.
You are no less valuable at a size 16 than a size 4.