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Essena O'Neill quits Instagram claiming social media 'is not real life'

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.

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Foundling Museum This major exhibition focuses on the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and sex for a respectable woman was deemed appropriate only within marriage, the loss of chastity for an unwed woman had multiple repercussions. The figure of the ‘fallen’ woman was popularly portrayed in art, literature and the media as Victorian moralists warned against the consequences of losing one’s virtue. This exhibition draws together the work of artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave, George Frederic Watts and Thomas Faed, who considered the subject of the fallen woman in their work and helped propel the myth. In addition, newspaper illustrations and stereoscopes demonstrate how depictions of the fallen woman in popular culture also helped define a woman’s role and limitations within society. The exhibition also explores the written petitions of women applying to the Foundling Hospital at the time.

Teen Instagram Star Essena O'Neill Has Crisis of Conscience Using social media for social good. Teen Instagram star Essena O’Neill shared her last post on YouTube on Monday, Nov. 2, explaining to her fans and followers exactly why she’s decided to pull the plug on all her social media accounts. The 18-year-old Aussie native, who has more than half a million followers on Instagram and more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, kicked off the video with a disclaimer. The ugly truth behind my perfect Instagram shots: A model confesses '[Instagram] has mutated into a behemoth of self-promotion where the more likes a person has, the more prestige and earning-power they can command' One photo, she explained, had had to be taken over a hundred times to get absolutely right and in another she revealed she was paid hundreds of pounds to wear a certain dress. She told how she would starve herself for days to get the perfect flat stomach, and a new caption under a smiling selfie ends with a disclaimer all in upper case: ‘There is nothing real about this’. Often, she said, she felt utterly alone. While some users applauded her honesty, days later other commentators were calling the whole thing a hoax, a clever marketing ploy whereby Essena was simply making herself (and a her new website) even more famous. Model and blogger, Rebecca Pearson, at home in South London.

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More than a quarter of children who spend longer on social networking websites report mental ill-health symptoms Children who spent more than three hours using social networking websites on a school day were twice as likely to report high or very high scores for mental ill-health. The Children’s Well-being 2015 publication, which for the first time includes an analysis of data on children’s mental ill-health, revealed that of those who were online for more than three hours, 27% reported high or very high scores for mental ill-health. This is more than double those spending no time on them (12%) or those spending up to three hours on social media (11%). Total difficulty score type by time spent using social media on a school day, UK, 2011 to 2012 Download the data The Insights into Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing report is part of of ONS’s work on the well-being of children.

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