It is very easy to make an assumption about someone you follow online, it’s very easy to assume that their life is "perfect" and that they don’t have a care in the world. This is a general assumption I think we all pretty guilty of (hands up, me to).
It’s easy to watch the life of the blogger, celebrity or whoever you are following unfold in perfect form every single day without fail and assume wrongly. Whether it be a bloggers perfectly laid out Instagram Flat-lay of their outfit and accessories for the day, or a celebrity’s snapchat, following them on their travels around the globe.
We sit and imagine having the “amazing” lifestyle they seem to lead, how wonderful our lives would be if they were the same as theirs or if we were given the same opportunities as them.
Do we ever seem to stop to think about what got them there in the first place? In most cases probably a lot of bloody hard work (minus a few reality stars of course, however this is a non-judgey post so we will give them the benefit of the doubt as SOME of them have, to be fair, gone on to become business men/woman running sometimes multiple business at once). Another thing to bare in mind, we never really think about what we DON’T see in their day – the fact is not all bloggers are going to sit and tell you about their financial woes, and how they’ve been chasing a payment for 6 months for a blog post, or how a campaign they’d been working on for months got shut down in seconds, and why should they? A celebrity isn’t always going to share their family problems, relationship issues, and again, why should they? This is the thing with social media, we are able to share as much or as little as we like, and really, thank god we can filter it! Everyone would be bored to tears If I had to disclaim that I actually spend 6 nights a week in my PJS’ stressed out doing boring admin work, usually resulting in a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, and a LARGE glass of wine in hand, wouldn’t they? I’d run of out Instagram ideas pretty quickly for that one. However I respect every person is different, whether you are comfortable enough to post about every aspect of your life online, or whether you just like to show the glossy, instagramable bits – that’s ok to.
The fact is our social media channels are our imagination outlets, our little spaces on the internet, controlled by us and us alone, and we can share whatever we like, and if I don’t want to share with you about a spat I had with my boyfriend (sorry Rich, Luv YA) or that I just split my bloody caramel macchiato down my white t shirt (that did actually just happen) – that’s ok to, yano?
So maybe next time you see a perfect, make up/ hair done selfie from your fave bloggers/celebs, just know that they to might have coffee down their white tshirt, or something like that anyway.
Are you guilty of making assumptions about the people you follow online? After this post I'm not trying to claim that I will never sit and think "wow, I wish I was heading the Maldives like Victoria frominthefrow or working with amazing beauty brands like Lydia Millen, but I will remember to tell myself that they have worked bloody hard to get those campaigns and there is probably more going on in their lives than just sipping cocktails on a beach somewhere tropical.
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