03 Nov Masks: When Do We Stop Hiding?
JUAN SAYS: I have to give it to this girl who has over half a million followers across all social media who gave it all up in the search for a more authentic life. As a social media addict, nakakaiyak kasi totoo ang sinasabi niya, you come to a point where you have absolutely you could ever want, with people telling you they envy your life and yet you feel empty. The more people comment on the perfection of your life, the more you realize that that’s not what life is all about.
“It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement. I was consumed by it”
Para saan pa ang likes kung hindi ka maligaya? It proposes the question: where do we find happiness if not in quick fixes?
“I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self promotion. Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance,” she wrote on an Instagram post from Oct. 27. “Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement. I was consumed by it.”