Social media has become a large part of our everyday lives. In our lecture this week, we discussed the media and its impact on the mind. Read on, this is a good one.
It is said that individuals spend almost 28% of their day scrolling through feeds, liking, sharing and posting content on social media. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are found to have the highest user rates than any other application.
Social media impacts the lives of all kinds of Media Audiences. These are the people we see, at that point in time, but our experiences will/will not be the same as the people around us. For example, a train station; large crowds, in the same environment but the person next to you could be watching the latest BuzzFeed video while you ‘like’ Kim Kardashian’s recent post on Instagram.
Along with social media, comes the inevitable feeling of judgement and critique felt by its users. Anxiety, depression and the feeling of not being “popular enough” based on the amount of followers/likes you get on your posts. Teenagers today are swallowed up by all the stereotypes and #goals to just be spat out into a pool of self-hate and insecurities.
Anxiety is defined as; a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome (Google Dictionary). Social media anxiety is the blind obsession of waiting for the likes to hit eleven on Instagram just to make you feel more at ease with that selfie you just posted. Social media anxieties have taken over our generation. Although it is not diagnosed by Google at 2am it still exists.
Social media such as YouTube and Vine allow individuals to post videos of whatever they please in order to hit that view count and gain subscribers. In my opinion, I’m not interested in your “Autumn Fashion Favourites”, I’m just here for the funny cat videos. But there are a large number of people, mainly teenagers, who are becoming “viral” and “famous” based off what they post. Just like scrolling through feeds, YouTube shows young people an edited version of who they’re watching. No one is game enough to post who they really are, only who they want people to perceive them as. This amplifies the definition of social media anxiety, the truth is always hidden and a false reality impacts the minds of teenagers and what they believe is a perfect life.
For example, Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarezz, two models who are PAID to make videos about their so-called “perfect life” documented by cameramen and themselves. The editing, the smiles and the travelling are all FAKE yet we are still set on the thought of WANTING what they have and the thought of changing who we are to be exactly like them.
Media anxieties are becoming a huge part of the social sector. Young people are tricked to believe the photos and videos posted by other people are real, leaving an impact on self-image and scarring the mind of the reality not shown by people and photos.