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Social media holiday

Meander StyleJoanne EisemannComment

August 2018 | Matilda Page

HAVE YOU ever realised how popular selfies have become?

I searched the definition of selfie on Google and it said, “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.” What surprised me though is that underneath this definition was written, “Occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary”.

So my question to you as a reader is, do selfies show that people have self worth, that they are happy with who they are and how they look, or are selfies just part of a massive popularity contest where everyone says “look at me”? Or, maybe people feel that they need dozens of likes and comments in order to feel valued and loved?

Some people try to portray their life in a perfect light through what they post on social media, which includes selfies. A college student from the Meander Valley area said, “I think everyone is guilty of this at one point or another, but doing so is putting ideals onto younger people and giving them an unrealistic view on what their world should be.”

In today’s society, it is often di’fficult to distinguish the di“fference between what is real and what is fake. We only see what individuals want us to see through what they post.

Recently, I chose to participate in a “break from the fake” where I did not go on social media for seven days. The results were worth it. By taking up this challenge I was able to focus on what was around me, instead of what was in my hand. I was able to socialise with the people right in front of me, instead of being too distracted by those elsewhere.

I accomplished so many more tasks during this break without the constant pressure of social media and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I challenge and encourage YOU to give it a go and see for yourself.