“When you put work out there or a part of yourself out there and you share, and a number on a screen dictates that success or that value…it’s ridiculous.” – Essena O’Neill
If you haven’t seen it or at least heard about it by now, a young and famous Instagram star has announced to the world that she has quit social media.
Instagrammer Essena O’Neill posted this video explaining why she hates social media. She also created her own website by the name of Let’s Be Game Changers to speak about her decision to quit and shares details of how social media is nothing more than a fantasy world. She also encourages her generation to “look up and think” before ending her video. I’m obsessed with watching her.
She also posted a video on YouTube titled “Why I REALLY Am Quitting Social Media – The Truth.”
This girl is brilliant and very wise beyond her years. She speaks of “being the girl who had it all” and “surrounded by all this wealth and all of this fame and all of this power…and yet, they were all miserable, and I had never been more miserable.” All because she became obsessed with numbers. Numbers of followers. Number of likes. Number of views. She let numbers and society define her measurement of success.
As a blogger I definitely relate to this. It’s so easy to forget sometimes that I started blogging for fun. Just to have fun and inspire those who maybe need a little guidance with fashion and beauty, or who are interested in reading about my health experiences because they are going through something similar.
It’s way too easy to get caught up in the amount of views I get and how to get more. The amount of likes I have and how to get more. The amount of followers I have and how to get more! O’Neill speaks the truth when she talks about the fact that no matter how many likes, views, and followers you have, you will always want MORE!! I belong to blogging groups and I can’t tell you how many times this very topic is addressed. Suddenly it’s not about having fun anymore, it’s about working 12+ hours a day just to make sure you’re keeping that constant buzz going around your brand so your numbers don’t drop.
Today I choose to give myself a break. If I don’t have constant ideas or content to write about 4 or 5 times a week I’m taking the pressure off and saying it’s ok. Today I choose to put the fun back into what I’m doing. Today I give myself permission to let whatever is meant to be to just…be.
How many of you feel the pressure of social media in some way, shape or form? If you’re a blogger or an Instagrammer, or anything else…how do you feel about what this girl is saying? Can you relate to her? Do you disagree with her? I would love your opinions and feelings on this in the comments below. Wishing you all great health and nothing but happiness :)