4. November 2015

Inspired by Essena O’neill who recently quit social media, I would like to share an important message, especially with my younger followers. Essenas words made me think of my younger self. When I was around 13 or 14 years old, I always envied girls, who I thought had a perfect life, who were beautiful, had perfect relationships or were going on dream vacations. I thought these girls were always happy, which made me feel very sad and insecure! If there are girls following me that think the same way, please don’t! Not a single person in this world is happy all the time and material wealth, an Instagram account with many followers or free products won’t make you happier. Every person has negative feelings and insecurities sometimes. I usually don’t like to talk about anything personal on the internet. I have Instagram and my blog out of my love for inspiring other people’s creativity and style, by taking aesthetic pictures. As Essena already said: social media does not reflect real life, of course people are only sharing their most beautiful/happiest moments. In my case, all of them are staged. I would like for you to see a picture as just that: a picture. It doesn’t have a lot to do with reality, it only reflects one moment the picture is taken. I don’t believe that social media is a bad thing, I love being inspired by the work of others and I really enjoy taking pictures, which might do the same for somebody else, by showing how I dress, or combine items. Blogging isn’t my main profession, which is working as a graphic designer, but Essena made me think about how much I define myself through social media. I do spend a significant amount of time on the web and I want to change and reduce that. (There is an app called „moment“ that shows how many hours a day you’re using your phone.) Please remember: We are all human beings, who sometimes suffer from painful thoughts and insecurities and have experiences that bring us down or cause unhappiness. There is no one in this world, who has a „perfect life“, even if it might appear they do on social media. I’d like to thank Essena for her statement and for helping people to look at social media through a more critical lens.

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