Seen. But no reply.

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.

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  1. I really love this post! I think it really encompasses the topics raised this week, linking straight to the modern anxieties in relation to media. I like how you have done extra research to further support your main ideas about social media. I also enjoy how you have used real life scenarios to strengthen your main points. You have really focused on the dystopian views of new age media but limited to not mentioning the utopian views, probably because there’s minimal amounts of these views, which I would then agree. I can specifically relate to the Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarez example since I have also invested time into revealing the truth about their online presence. Their media content really draws a fine line between ‘art’ presented on social media and consumer fuelled marketing. If I could note any minor improvements it would be to link the sources you have used to accumulate this great post!

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  2. I use my Instagram for saving my memories. I upload the photos that I like and I can see them later on another devices. You are right We are not more exist without media on Internet!
    Dimitri😃

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  3. It’s so strange to me that we are getting to a point where fake accounts and personas are an actual problem, instagram, facebook, tinder etc. Though not even to that extreme but we have people posted just the highlights of their life so we have the impression that their life is a certain way or to a certain extreme but that isn’t the case whatsoever. In saying that though that can go the opposite way if you only see someone complaining and being upset so we get the impression that their whole life is like that. Scary world we are in now, fakes everywhere.

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  4. Hey I really enjoyed reading this post as it explored media anxieties in a different light than my own. My blog post focused on media anxieties like being too exposed/used to seeing violence and what affect that has on our behaviour and mindset. This was different as it explored how being so exposed to other people’s ‘PERFECT’ lifestyles can really impact the way we see ourselves and view our own lifestyles in a negative light. I agree with you that today young people are convinced that being popular is one of the most important things mainly because of the increase in social media.
    Thanks Hannah

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  5. Hi Lachy, just wanted to say that this post is brilliant!!!
    I can definitely admit that my day does consist of constantly checking all of my social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat just to name a few. I definitely agree with the fact that although in the same place not everyone in the crowd would be having the same experience, significantly because of the technology people have access to today such as smartphones with an array of apps to gain access to.
    The most important part of your blog I believe though, is the effect on teenagers and other youth that these media platforms are having on their own wellbeing. So many teenagers are following people with these ‘perfect’ lifestyles and unrealistic ideologies giving them a false idea of what we have to look or be like. It’s amazing to see what sort of effect these media platforms can have on an individual even when they were created for a positive purpose.
    Great work
    T x 🙂

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  6. I have to applaud this post in the way which you presented your views in a light-hearted manner, yet still managed to raise the ongoing concerns of media anxieties within our contemporary society. I particularly loved how you personalised your own experiences and opinions on the selective story we see as the audience onto the lives of famous Instagram users. This really emphasises the fakery that is exposed to audience who in turn become anxious and self-aware of their image and how they portray themselves through the eyes of others. This blog is very engaging, yet informative. Props to you Lachy!

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