This is going to be one of those rare lengthy, no pictures and wordy rants I write. Its about that girl who quit Instagram. Read on if you feel like it or skip it.
I know there has been a lot of talk on the girl who quit Instagram and the whole thing has died down a little after her friends started calling her out on her ridiculous outbreak. I wanted to write about it but didn't have the time to. It's currently 7.30am and I'm up early so I thought why not? First of all, I know I may not be in the position or right to say this but social media, may it be Instagram or Twitter, whatever it is, does and should never define your happiness. It should never directly affect how you feel about your own happiness. The number of likes or followers you get should never affect you emotionally. It is just a number.
So this girl, who is going on and on about how social media reflects a fake side of reality has gone viral (and maybe a tad bit nuts in the head) and just decided to quit Instagram and change her captions to the 'truth'. Okay, hold up. Quitting Instagram is one's choice and all, doesn't really matter whatever the reason is. However, there were people/companies who paid you and gave you stuff to promote for them. According to some of her captions they paid her A LOT. For her to change her captions to the 'truths' affects the promotional value of her client's product. Quit for all we care, come up with a video explaining why you quit later on. She didn't have to change the captions to tell people the 'truth'.
I believe in posting things you like. Whether it has a creative value to or not, if you like it, post it. If you like what your client's product is, do it. If you don't, don't do it. It's simple. Don't mean to boast but I do receive requests to write on a paid post but if I don't like the product they are selling, I won't write about it. If I don't like they products they are offering to send me or maybe I just didn't feel like doing it, I will kindly decline the offer. She made a mistake for accepting almost everything. She didn't think through before saying yes and then realise she have to take all these photos she didn't want to take. Maybe she is too young, maybe.
In a way I do kind of pity her because she started using Instagram at a very young age and never really thought through the whole paid promotional thing which badly affected her. I just feel like there could have been better ways to overcome this situation. Now that her friends are saying it is all hoax, it annoys me even more. Seriously, this is probably one of the most annoying publicity stunts ever. She is affecting the people who paid her to post stuff on Instagram and making social media look like a horrible online platform to be on when it really isn't. Social media should be a platform where you share things you like, things you think may inspire people -whether it is paid or not. If you're not happy doing it, DON'T DO IT. Do not let it affect your happiness. Do not let it affect your personal life. It is completely okay to not want to do certain things. Don't force it on yourself.
Okay, I think I'm done ranting. Till here, I hope you're all well! Nx