Lately I’ve been watching the way social media controls how younger generations are growing up. These days it’s common to have all the latest social media updates, post selfies every single day and you can’t to take a fabulous photo of your vegetable smoothie from your local cafe.
All you need to do is be aesthetically pleasing, gain a bucket tonne of followers (don’t forget to unfollow everyone too once you’ve gained enough followers) and then companies will happily supply you free products to trial and promote for them.
You can’t tell me that you have been on Instagram and haven’t seen at least one of those gummie bear hair tablets – or an ‘Instagram famous’ person promoting detox tea/skinny teas (apparently tea makes you skinny now).
All that social media these days is about is free advertising opportunity for companies. It’s worrying.
Younger generations are growing up without seeing hard working people around them. People that get up at ridiculous hours of the morning, they probably don’t even have time to sit down and eat breakfast let alone do their makeup or make sure their clothes are ironed. They don’t see this. They see a lot of self employed younger people.
These kids on social media are young, very young. Are they even old enough to be able to be ‘working’ yet? Is there a rule for younger age people promoting companies for free? What are the legalities with these situations? There probably aren’t proper regulations in place yet, because this is all new and uprising.
People younger than 18 years old these days are already making a lot of money just by their own appearances..
The pressure these kids are putting on themselves to be like adults is terrifying.
These kids are idolising celebrities that have gone under the knife for plastic surgery and convincing people that they haven’t had anything done. Kids have too much access to edited photos that are enhancing the pressure to be naturally like that.
They don’t understand that there is more to it, all they see are pretty pictures that they want to be like.
This growing generation is 150% narcissistic. Kids aren’t being kids anymore. The pressure on being perfect is a lot higher. The bar is raised beyond imagination to be the next “big thing” on the internet that hits off.
Then there is the privacy aspect. It’s taking a gamble on your privacy. No one lives private lives anymore. People are invited into your life, whether it be by Snapchatting every move you make in your day or even just posting up countless photos onto your Instagram throughout the day – everything is visually inviting and lacking of privacy.
It worries me because the future generations are growing up into narcissistic environments where you have to fit a certain criteria. You need to get at least 10 likes on a photo or it’ll ruin your day – it’s saddening. I wish kids could turn off from all of the drama and pressure, chase school work and follow your dreams. Turn your phone off for a while, or just put it away.
Enjoy your meals, don’t take photos of it. Speak to your family or friends in person, make an effort and put your phone away from sight and actually listen to them.
It’s okay to be a private person.
I just hope that these kids grow up to want to be doctors, scientists, get into aged care or even just nursing. I don’t know. I hope they raise their bar high, and aim for the sky. I worry that they will not be interested in these job positions.
I have watched my father get up at insane hours of the morning to work long, hard days and come home every day exhausted.
It was motivating for me to get out there and work just as hard. I hope they are experiencing similar experiences, where they are motivated to get out there and put in the hours. Not be glued to their phones and social media for employment, it’s not worth it!