Blaming It On Social Media Is Not An Answer To A Better Life
Recently, Instagram star Essena O'Neill decided to "quit" social medias and her story went viral! It is irony that she is now more famous than before. Regardless of what direction she decided to take, I do admire her masterfull skill in self-promotion. She certainly didn't waste her time on being famous as an Instagram celebrity.
I watched her Youtube quitting video before she deleted her account. She told her story about how depressing it was to be famous on Instagram. Yes, we have heard this kind of story before. Sound familiar? I am sure you can easily Google famous Hollywood stars who claimed to be depressed. It happens when you are a popular person, but it has nothing to do with Instagram. When you gain popularity and your livelihood depends on it, it is easy to feel insecure. When you know your success depends on strangers, it is unsettling because we have seen it all in Hollywood. Fame often fades. Worry and emptiness can easily engulf you and make you lose your perspective on life.
While watching her video, it all felt truthful and genuine up till she was asking for donations. That made me think, and trying to understand the logic behind her video. I can understand taking 50 selfies to find the best one to post can be exhausting. I can understand that editing photos all day long can be time consuming. As a photographer, I often edit my photos all day long and I love it because it is the kind of work that I chose to be involved in. Yes, her photos maybe untruthful, but at least she was working hard to get endorsements, to get paid. I am not sure being "real" on Youtube for 10 minutes is worth it to get donations from people. I heard now she is switching to Vimeo. Can somebody tell me Vimeo is really so so so different from Youtube??
If she REALLY wants to quit social medias, why don't her start by finding a day job to see if that's the lifestyle that she wants to get back to. In real life, a lot of people work long hours, work their ass off and still can't afford anything nice. I bet many people would want to trade for her lifestyle in a heartbeat!