Has our culture lost the true meaning of authenticity? I can’t help but wonder, especially with the rise of Instagram and the way it skews how we perceive life and beauty, if we are even able to separate what we see on this platform from real life. This I ask of myself truly, but I felt compelled to say it here as well. I’ve worked in social media professionally and can attest that it is very easy to make things seem a certain way in a photo - especially a sponsored post or one meant to drive sales. I like seeing my favorite accounts partner with brands they love as long as they are transparent about trying to earn money through this. But many do not disclose that or make it very clear and even more troubling is watching a person pander to an audience instead of being true to theirselves for the sake of money. It weighs on me because it does not truly represent life as they’d have you believe. Some accounts can make tens of thousands of dollars from sponsored posts so I think it’s important to be cautious with how we digest information found here.
Alt caption: here’s a beautiful picture I snapped while chasing my adventurous toddler through the park because I didn’t feel like tidying up my house, so we went outside.