Social Media And Feeling The Pressure? – Just Do You

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Before anything, I want to put it out there; this is in no way bashing Instagram or any type of media and nor is it speaking about any Instagrammers negatively. It’s purely talking about how we perceive and how much importance we put on trying to be ‘perfect’ from what is seen on social media platforms.

 

So now that little disclaimer is done, let’s have a little chat shall we…

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Off I was on a journey back home to my parents, with the newest edition of Vogue on my lap in the car (I was passenger by the way, don’t worry lol) and I was flicking away looking at all the beautiful pages, when it just came to my mind…

 

That there’s been a horrendous amount of views in the past and even now about magazines portraying ‘perfect’ women, ‘perfect’ bodies and ‘perfect’ faces and maybe even the message; ‘this is the way to look’ because all those types of visions is what’s always been portrayed in magazines. Traditional media has had it’s fair amount of negative response; girls always wanting to look like that ‘perfect’ girl on the cover of the freshest shiny mag that’s out on the shelves, which has most definitely been edited left right and center.

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but this time WE have so much more control over it

because it’s what WE CHOOSE to put out there,

and it’s UP TO US how much we take what we see so literal.”

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My question is, are we perceiving social media like those ‘perfect’ fashion mags? At the end of the day it’s still a form of marketing media – so whatever the photo is it needs to look good to attract people, it’s just a new advanced, fast paced way. But this time WE have so much more control over it because it’s what WE CHOOSE to put out there, and it’s up to us how much we take what we see so literal. If we didn’t like it once before like e.g. magazines, then why are we doing it to ourselves again?

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It’s almost like a vicious circle going around again and audiences on social media feeling a lot of pressure of getting ‘the shot’ or maybe beating themselves down because they scroll through finely tuned feeds and aesthetically pleasing photo’s and think ‘oh my photo’s never look as good’ or even doubting their personality or lifestyle even.

 

I wanted to more so put across the thought in my mind that day I had in the car – I’m sure every single one of us whether now or growing up have pondered upon those ‘perfect’ fashion magazines, and dis-liking magazines because they made us feel x y or z, so why are we doing it to ourselves again now when we know that EVERYONE chooses to put their ‘best photo’ (from a bunch of couple of hundred ‘not so perfect’ photos) on social media or even anywhere else they wish to put too…

 

We need to remember that we all naturally like to show our best versions of ourselves and discard those couple of hundred other shots that didn’t quiet cut the mark, so as audiences we shouldn’t take that one photo so literal and beat ourselves down when we scroll through beautiful photos on social media. Girls day on end pressure themselves (me included) and so I just wanted to share how I’ve come to realise that I myself put my best version of myself in my content and that’s what everyone else is doing too; I need to look at that and be inspired by it, not take it literal/personally and let it ever beat me down.

 

Always remember, when you start feeling those negative feels creeping up onto your mind and upon yourself; there’s always “a couple of hundred photos that didn’t make the cut before getting “that one”…. Everyone has a bigger behind the scenes than that one ‘perfect’ cut on social media; they didn’t have everything looking spot on by the click of their fingers.

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there’s always “a couple of hundred photos

that didn’t make the cut

before getting “that one”….

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve had some real down days and even whole weeks but after having this little thought process I realised I need to take inspiration from what I see and apply that to ‘me’ and continue with my own little space. Which brings me onto the fact that, it’s such a saturated field and it’s so important to be yourself, we are all different in our own little ways, so show that! Don’t let those hours of scrolling change you because we all want to see something different all the time…

 

I’d love to know thoughts on what you think about social media, and how you’ve been feeling ups or downs!

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Yatri Pabari

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

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  1. Filipa says:

    Hello dear! I truly loved this post. It’s basically what I’ve been thinking for a while now about social media. I feel like the pressure to be perfect just changed from magazines to social media. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Filipa
    dissectingthelook.com

    • YatriPabari09 says:

      I’m so so glad that you enjoyed! It’s so important not to get lost in so much beautiful content to the extent of feeling pressured. Taking a step back and reminding ourselves that we need to be our individual selves is what will keep this field so much more interesting!

  2. Filipa says:

    Hello dear! I truly loved this post. It’s basically what I’ve been thinking for a while now about social media. I feel like the pressure to be perfect just changed from magazines to social media. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Filipa
    dissectingthelook.com

    • YatriPabari09 says:

      I’m so so glad that you enjoyed! It’s so important not to get lost in so much beautiful content to the extent of feeling pressured. Taking a step back and reminding ourselves that we need to be our individual selves is what will keep this field so much more interesting!

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