Mostly, I thought going off social platforms would be a relief. Checking the river of posts was a chore. I want to focus on blog more than Instagram so these days I am writing so much for my blog, for magazines and other blogs as well. I post once a week on Instagram if I want to, not a compulsion because I realize that now adays you come to see a completely different world on Instagram curated by bloggers who are just in the race of getting PR-that is Fake world and I chose not to be a part of it because I enjoy blogging and I don’t want it to become a burden for me, you get me right?
Organically, I started shifting my attention toward content and experiences that provided more substance. Wasn’t there more to life than sitting around scrolling through #ads and #ootds? It’s getting boring because every other blogger is doing the same, nothing different so it’s better to not do the same and be who you are. Do what you want to do. I feel like if you don’t want to post on Instagram, it’s your choice and you shouldn’t. And I also think it’s great to not let that negative element consume you in a way that will feel like a burden or a necessity. I discovered that internal validation through personal successes is more meaningful than external validation through likes and comments. When you don’t let that control you, you realize that there’s so much more you can do. Focus on from where it all started which is writing. I donot envy the glamorous lives of Instagram influencers jetting around the world with their stacks of suitcases packed to the brim with designer clothing ready to shoot the perfect sponsored post in front of the Fontana di Trevi or the Taj Mahal. My focus shifted to substance, not imagery; it shifted outward.
The days of social media, which initially empowered anyone to create content, has largely been replaced by monetizing and advertising structures that leave very little authenticity in the everyday images we consume. I’ve experienced firsthand the absurdity of social media influencers posing for photos for Instagram in cafes. I’ve walked past fashion bloggers posing in streets mostly for a paid partnership with a brand. I am not saying it’s extremely wrong, all I am trying to say is that How does it shape the content we consume?
If you have a big following whether you bought it or not but mostly are bought because you can’t just get 100k followers in a week, you are a blogger no matter how much pathetic and copied your content is and on the other hand if you have 1k following and your content is freaking amazing, you are not a blogger. What is this? Who decided this criteria? As far as I know this wasn’t the case few years ago but now it’s a game of followers and I don’t want to get trapped in it. Stina Sanders, an influencer who lost thousands of followers after posting honest #unfiltered images, can also connect social media to her struggles with anxiety. “I know from my experience I can get FOMO when I see my friend’s photos of a party that I didn’t go to, and this, in turn, can make me feel quite lonely and anxious. On the other hand, if I’m feeling great in myself, I’ve noticed that I don’t get as anxious when I’m on social media,” she told The Independent. “So personally I don’t think social media causes anxiety but I do believe it can play a big part in heightening your feelings.”
See she started posting unfiltered photos and suddenly she lost followers because we see filtered photos each day and we consume that on daily basis and when somebody posts a photo without any filter, we don’t like it because it’s not how we have been trained to see people but I guess it’s more beautiful, it will always be beautiful. I want to see more real content on my feed than the same copied content by every other blogger. That’s bizarre!
Isn’t this all turning into a chaotic world? Let’s just assume that I want to buy a make-up product so based on a recommendation of blogger I am going to buy a high end product which will cost me so much and when I decide to buy it, I see some other blogger going against it and telling me not to buy it. Now I will be confused and won’t know what to do. To buy it or not to buy it? And after battling this, I would want to go with what I want. Similarly is the case with food blogging, you go and try a place on recommendation of a blogger and you hate what you got to eat because it was a paid post and food to them was presented differently. What? Yes this is what chaos is.
We’ve created filters through which others see our lives—making many anxious and miserable in the process. We talk about branding ourselves—all the while further inflating our egos. We strive for authenticity while drowning in sameness. We claim social connectivity while increasingly struggling to stay present. I’m conscious we need to rethink our relationship with social media. Ultimately, I’m left with multiple questions and few answers, but I believe it’s a conversation worth having—one that might be best experienced in real life.
I chose not to play a part in spreading chaos all around and go with what I love posting about. I will do what I want. I don’t want to go with what’s in right now. I don’t want to fit in because I can’t no matter how much I’ll try. It’s just not my thing. So these days you’ll see me talking about life in general and these issues if I’ll be posting anything.
Share your views below. Why there’s so much chaos all around?
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