Essena O'Neill quits Instagram claiming social media 'is not real life'. An Australian teenager with more than half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”, and called for others to quit social media – perhaps with help from her new website.
Essena O’Neill, 18, said she was able to make an income from marketing products to her 612,000 followers on Instagram – “$2000AUD a post EASY”. But her dramatic rejection of social media celebrity has won her praise. On 27 October she deleted more than 2,000 pictures “that served no real purpose other than self-promotion”, and dramatically edited the captions to the remaining 96 posts in a bid to to reveal the manipulation, mundanity, and even insecurity behind them. O’Neill did not respond to requests for an interview. A photo of her wearing a bikini, once captioned “Things are getting pretty wild at my house.
“Why would you tell your followers that you’re paid a lot to promote what you promote? “Yet I, myself, was consumed by it. Fake it 'Til You Make it: Woman Uses Photoshop to Create Phony Vacation Photos. Photoshop can really make a vacation photo come to life.
As it turns out, it can also make a fake vacation look like real life. Zilla van den Born faked her vacation photos to trick her friends and family into believing that she was on a 5-week trip in Southeast Asia. The Dutch student played the prank as part of a project for her University. Believe it or not, this photo was not taken in the ocean. (Photo: Zilla van der Born) Zilla van der Born took this photo in a pool, and then Photoshopped it to look like she was in the ocean.
Related: The Dog That Got Run Over and Other Crazy Google Street View Photos In our current Instagram society, Zilla wanted to prove that sometimes the things shared on social media aren’t necessarily true. On her website, Zilla posted images before and after she Photoshopped them. Memory Star: the happy app that’s not for sharing. A group of teenagers has created an app that offers an antidote to Britain’s “share everything” social media culture.
Memory Star allows users to create happy memories in a “virtual memory jar”, which they can revisit at any time to give themselves a boost when they are feeling down. These memories – which can be uploaded photos or messages and appear as constellations on the screen – are not for sharing with social media “friends” on Facebook or Instagram, but are purely personal reminders of happy times. The app was created a group of five 15-year-olds from St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill, Sussex – Sacha Botting, Dominique Froud, Jack Gumm, Gemma Kelly and Zuzia O’Donoghue – who drew on their own experiences of the pressures of school, friendships, home life and social media to come up with the idea. O’Donoghue said: “There’s so much pressure to present a very happy image on social media. There’s something very competitive about it. Why generation z are deleting their social media accounts and going offline. Like many millennials, Lena Dunham is no longer on Twitter.
Last week, the usually unflappable feminist told Re/code Decode podcast host Kara Swisher that she had left the platform because it was an unsafe space that had created something "cancerous" in her. Essentially, she was sick of dealing with trolls. Dunham will continue to compose tweets, but the interactions will now be managed by staff. As more and more celebrities entrust their employees with the responsibility of their 140 characters or less (or their square Instagram photos, or their pithy Facebook posts), ordinary young people everywhere are also deleting their accounts across all platforms. So, after ten solid years of the overwhelming socialisation of our lives, why are millennials and Gen Z net natives fleeing the social space?
It should be noted that some people develop unhealthy dependencies on social media, while others can indulge recreationally, without consequences. What is beauty in the age of technology? Last month, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence for internet trolls from six months to up to two years.
Virtual bullying is being taken increasingly seriously, and while this might seem like a frivolous use of resources, the impact of social media on our collective psychology cannot be denied. In fact, I would argue that social media's modus operandi of self-promotion is substantially more damaging than its trolls. In its best and most democratic application, the internet is a place of free speech, a land where professional and financial status, nepotism and social cliques are irrelevant.
Yet the rallying of factions from the broadsheet commentariat is slowly suffocating this freedom. Rather than the medium itself being regulated by a collective democracy, media workers with the authority of a 10k+ following are in control. It might sound counterintuitive, but the Kardashian model is perhaps the most honest. What's in a like?