Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Influencer: Girl Boss

In today's world where technology is a major part of our society, it is important to keep in mind that there are both positive and negative sides to it. For my last psychology exam last Thursday, I choose to write about how violence in mass media influences one's behaviour and perception on reality. Several researchers throughout the year have provided evidence that violence in video games, movies and television programs do indeed have a negative impact on one's behaviour. However, in my view, that is just a small side to the technological world we find ourselves in.

I my self am aware of what I write on my blog might influence someone's view, which I find quite interesting. What I find interesting about this is how people are influenced by someone else, which they have never met. I myself do read a few blogs, now and then (both Norwegian and more international ones) and it fascinates me when reading the comments, how some readers are so engaged and influenced by these bloggers. I am not saying this is a bad thing, however, it all depends on the bloggers intention. I know that most bloggers, like myself, blog about what WE find interesting, and what WE want. Because in the end of the day, it is OUR blog. But when looking through these comments and seeing that most readers are as young as 13 year old, it makes me wonder how it impacts their self-image and self-esteem. 

Girls and women of all ages should be both proud and content with themselves. There should not be a need to compare myself to someone else, because I am me, and you are you. Because no matter what I do, I will never be anyone else other than myself. The sad part of this is that I see how women instead of empowering each other, criticise each other either due to the lack of understanding or due to jealously. We should stand together, not tear each other apart. This is something which is so visible on Instagram. Instagram I believe is the number one influencer, as it is so easy to paint a picture of the perfect life, which in reality might be far from it. Although we can easily get caught up in someone's life through Instagram or blogs, it is important to have in the back of our head that we have to stay true to yourself. Nonetheless, BE YOURSELF. Everyone is different, everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, so why do we need to compete with the person next to us? What do we gain from that in return? Anxiety and low self-esteem, are just a few things to mention. If you wanna eat a burger from breakfast, than do so. If you don't feel like going to the gym today, don't. If you would rather go without make-up, don't. If you don't know all the make-up tricks, from countering to strobing, no need to panic. These are just trends, these aren't thing that define you! Keep that in mind. 


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