What essenaoneill is doing is cool, because it looks like she actually has a serious social-media-self-objectification-doesn'tknowherselfatall-problem.
This social media, anti-reality-world that some young people might live in could very well be an epidemic but more likely it is the exception not the rule. I, personally, am definitely not the 12 year old girl that Essena is doing this for, but I am a girl that wants us to take a moment to breathe this one out and remember the sweet picture that your cousin posted on your grandma's birthday, or the sweet 'How to Pack a Cabin Cooler video' that I posted (NOT SPONSORED BY NORDEAST, BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN) or your friend who found his dog, or his apartment, or his girlfriend, because of Facebook.
JUST BECAUSE THIS ONE GIRL HAD A SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION DOESN'T MEAN THAT SOCIAL MEDIA IS BAD.
She let herself be defined by it, you don't have to. Use it to express who you are.
Her "current version of social media" is the exception, not the rule.
So now the internet has given her exactly what she said she no longer wants, more fame based on nothing.
THIS IS NOT A REVOLUTION. THIS MOVEMENT ALREADY EXIST, there are people living their lives off of the internet everyday. There are activists out challenging corporations, teachers in front of students, nurses and doctors saving lives, journalists telling truths. Just because she wasn't living doesn't mean that everyone with a social media account is a less alive person than one without.
I spend an aggressive amount of time on my computer and my phone but you know what I also spend a lot of time looking in people's eyes, having conversations around a kitchen island with my best friends, talking to my mom on the phone, texting my boyfriend's mother. Phones are not the enemy, social media is NOT the enemy. Greed and self objectification are. Telling girls that their IG photos need to look like magazine ads is the enemy. Yes, I enjoy a pretty picture, but I also posts things that are rough and fun! AND YOU KNOW WHAT?! Social media, the internet, APPS - these things all help me to explore further what I already KNOW ABOUT MYSELF.
There are people are on the internet doing amazing things with their 'fame'. I am lucky enough to know a fashion blogger turned Stepford Witch Style-Icon who promotes RADICAL SELF LOVE. There are bloggers that promote the slow fashion movement.
AND THIS GIRL SAYS MOST THINGS WITH AN INCREDIBLE POISE SO I WON'T WASTE MY TIME TRYING TO SAY IT DIFFERENTLY :
"Of course, if we're posting for the approval of others, we will always come up short." - @womanofwanderlust
USE YOUR BRAINS. Again I apologize for how rough this is but it needed to get pushed out ASAP :)