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Ayushi Agarwal

IWB Blogger

18 YO Instagram Star Deletes Account To Prove A Strong Point

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  •  November 6, 2015


I went to a concert recently, and there were a sea of people. The singer was rocking the stage, but as I looked around me, I saw that no one was cheering, dancing, letting loose, screaming at the top of their lungs, or even head banging.

Everybody’s arms were in the air, but not for grooving to the music, but to click pictures and record videos. Instead of surrendering themselves to the music, and living in the moment, everybody was trying to post the happenings on the social media. Why? To become popular? To get likes? To make everybody else jealous? The definition of fun has definitely taken a turn for the worse.

A similar epiphany was rightly reached by an 18-year-old Instagram star, Essena O’Neill. She had over 750,000 followers on Instagram and over 2,60,000 subscribers on YouTube. How? She posted pictures of herself in bikinis, on beaches, and glamorous houses. Everybody thought she was leading a perfect life, and hence, the numbers.

But O’Neill wants the world to know all of that was fake and that she was part of a dangerous cycle.

“I spent 12 to 16 wishing I was that perfect person online. Then I spent 16 to 18 proving my life on social media, perfecting myself enough to be that person. Everything I did in a day was to be that perfect person online… I did everything in my power to prove to the world that ‘Hey! I’m important, I’m beautiful and I’m cool.’ But is making your whole day proving to everyone else that you’re amazing, is that life? Proving yourself online? Taking pictures just in hope to get likes and compliments?” 

She has even created a website called “Let’s be game changers”, for those people want more in life than likes on a post.

She deleted her Instagram account, and further said:

“Look at how easy we have made it to constantly view, compare and judge each other? I was addicted to what other’s thought of me, simply because it was so readily available. I was severely addicted. I believed how many likes and followers I had correlated to how many people liked me. I didn’t even see it happening, but social media had become my sole identity. I didn’t even know what I was without it. Posed pictures, edited snippets, carefully planned captions was what I identified myself as. I lived in the illusion. But please, don’t get me wrong, I’m incredibly grateful for this.”

Now this was worth posting! #YouGoGirl

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