Thanks Maarten for your response! I think that social media is a fascinating and flawed phenomenon. It clearly has a lot of advantages, but it can also amplify some our less favourable traits. I agree with you that there is a lot of fakeness online, but what I ultimately find is that it that sites such as Instagram, FB, Snapchat etc reflect our inner insecurities, as opposed to creating them. It is we who project such attitudes onto these platforms, not the other way round (although, by consequence, an inevitable loop begins). Social media allows us to be the the “perfect” version of ourselves we innately desire – kind of like the famous mirror scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We are all prey to this in some way, admittedly myself too – many times, when I post a photo on Instagram, I sit back and think “this one picture represents the me I’d like others to see, when there are at least one-hundred others I’d never share.”

At the end of the day, I’ve decided to keep my relationship with social media. But I’m always aware of its double blade😉

23-y/o Britalian, Oxford grad, published poet & singer/songwriter. Feminist, progressive & unafraid to share my views | Bylines: Indy, Metro, The Times, Huffpo

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