The Dark Side of Social Media

What is an “influencer”?! Never heard of such a thing and I don’t care how “highly a profitable career” it may be it sounds so shallow. Attack me all you want but I find Most (Read Carefully I said Most Not all) fashion blogs shallow and superficial.  I’m more than glad I don’t have Instagram or Twitter (never had this one but heard it’s just as bad). I closed instagram a while back, it’s such a TOXIC place now, Totalitarianism at its best!!! No one can give an opinion even a respectful one bc most will rip your head off if they could with their vile toxic waste of replies. Sad that most people close their accounts or are afraid to give an opinion for fear of getting hate. Big brother is watching indeed!!!

I like the comment on this article : “Vomiting life on social media is the new trend….For me, it is all about sickness and vulgarity. I was taught privacy is privacy…And frankly speaking, I do not care what my friends did yesterday, their new jacket, pair of shoes….I am focused on the real world….real emotion…..I have no time to spend on virtuality”.

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Word to the wise.  For the record I don’t hate all social media. I don’t find blogging as competitive or toxic as FB, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram.

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Why I closed Instagram

After almost 2 1/2 years I PERMANENTLY closed Instagram. A place that started out great but now has turned into what I call the Nazi of Social Media because ANY Opinion you give, no matter how respectful you are, they come after you like Bats from Hell. It’s Creepy and Sad at the same time that the VAST Majority of people with common sense are attacked and pressured until they get to the point I got today, closing the account.  I’m not saying all people on Instagram are like this, not everyone there is psycho, but those that follow fan sites, especially celebrities, are One step closer to the Nut house. You literally Cannot give An honest opinion about a celebrity because the majority of  replies will be downright Nasty and overwhelmingly Negative. Even in book accounts I  found having to defend myself. What the Hell happened to people having their Own Opinions and expressing it without the fear of being disliked or worse Attacked in vile ways!!  Hence why after almost three years (would have been 3 years in August) I decided that for my own sanity I needed to close it FOR Good and Not look back.

I agree with this girl in this article : “Instagram is inauthentic and makes me compare my life to others, which I don’t like. I think it forces us to look at our lives as a snapshot and equate our worth to likes. It lacks depth.”   

This other article also gives valid reasons for closing the account.

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Instagram Bad for Mental Health

I don’t have FB and up until yesterday I decided that Instagram just wasn’t for me. I barely used it and when I did it was filled with toxicity and overwhelming negativity. I love books, I’m a bookworm for LIFE which is why I opened an account in the first place. Nonetheless, even books accounts began to turn me off and Yes started to make me feel depressed. I mainly posted about books that I love and/or plan to read but when I saw that most books accounts I was following  or wanted to follow me were more about the people showing of their “sexy” feet, face or clothes rather than showing the book and talking about the book itself I began to dislike it. Few of the accounts I followed were actually about “books”, they were mainly about how the account owner wanted to show her or his “hotness” by using a book cover, rarely did they give content on the book they used. The Few Accounts Like mine that actually discussed the books and ONLY showed the book cover  had few followers, I kept loosing followers so I closed it. I know it is a Stupid reason but I got tired of it. This Social Network is Mainly For the  Narcissist.  I have a JOB, a REAL LIFE that doesn’t allow me to post fancy pictures and have my books arrange in a fancy way surrounded by perfectly manicure feet or hands or the use of expensive China. Pardon if my simple post of a book cover and a lengthy review of it is not to your liking Instagram Followers.

Another reason is a fandom I use belong to (never mind which one).  It started out as fun, as an escaped from real life once in a while but it quickly turned so TOXIC and PUTRID I left it if I wanted to keep my sanity and well being (what’s left of it). It made me so depressed and it makes me feel a bit ashamed to say I got quite emotionally involved. The cast members (mostly the leads) started themselves creating Ridiculous Drama within the fandom. To make matters worse The Majority of the Fans Are Annoying, Vindictive, Negative and Overly Toxic themselves, and to my surprise it includes plenty of older adults. I am So TURNED OFF by its OVER HYPED, OVER THE TOP Leads and Toxic Fandom that I Have decided not to Watch its New Season and give it up for good.

To Back up My claim I found two articles that proves How Instagram rated as The Worst Social Media Network.  This one was made by the Prestigious United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health.  Another gives 13 reasons why IG is bad for mental health.

 

 

 

I agree with this blogger; “It can also increase the feeling of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) , and it paints a very superficial & curated version of someone’s life.  Note to all: Instagram is NOT real life. People go to the greatest lengths to take the perfect picture.”

UNPOPULAR THAN MOST SM ( SOCIAL MEDIA’S) BUT I’D RATHER STICK TO BLOGGING.