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TOPIC: Why Social Media Stars and Bloggers are overrated

Why Social Media Stars and Bloggers are overrated 02 Dec 2016 16:06 #11133

  • juhyunh
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I recently came upon this interesting article which attacked "social influencers" and "content creators" for being overrated and generally existant towards simply making a profit.

www.convinceandconvert.com/social-media-...d-and-how-to-fix-it/

Social networking sites have been exploited by young teenagers who become addicted to the social effect of becoming “Insta Famous”. A major social effect that needs to be resolved is the false perception of wealth, happiness and luxury many influencers portray. Many bloggers often post pictures of expensive designer clothing, upscale food dishes and beautiful homes which a consumer can’t help but envy. This causes the social effect of trying to mimic the same lifestyle by purchasing the same items, and eating at the same places. Ultimately, a person will lose his/her self esteem, personal values and uniqueness which are highly valued character traits. Another major social effect that needs to be resolved is the placement of product promotions. Celebrities are using their SN accounts to sell protein powder, hair supplements and detox tea all in order to make a profit from the companies. Yet, this hurts consumers because it exposes them to economic factors rather than a glimpse into the influencer’s real life.
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Why Social Media Stars and Bloggers are overrated 04 Dec 2016 18:01 #11145

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Hi Juhyunh, your posting was very interesting to read. I admit I never paid too much attention to how social influencers can negatively impact their followers. I do believe that these influencers' pictures and luxuries can make an average person envious, and ultimately depressed about it. But I know there are also positive social influencers too. For example, there are many young women who are body positive and celebrate their different shapes and sizes. They also promote products like clothes, but are able to still be positive social influencers.
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Why Social Media Stars and Bloggers are overrated 04 Dec 2016 18:38 #11146

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I think the issue is educating the new generation on being more media literate. You can't just blindly believe everything that is being promoted by social media stars. Then again that is the same thing for every media source. You can't always believe random facebook post or even certain news that are control by certain parties. It's up to yourself to recognize what's right and wrong and we can't really rely on other people to hold our hand in that process.

People are free to promote a brand or try to sell a product. At the end of the day that's their job. It would be a lot easier if people were just more smart about things. There are already laws in place where if you are sponsored by a product you have to be specifically state that you are. So I don't really see an issue.
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Why Social Media Stars and Bloggers are overrated 04 Dec 2016 19:04 #11149

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Hi juhyunh! I totally agree that people who keep up with internet-famous people may experience a drop in low-self esteem or depression. I have actually seen this happen among people that I know, actually. I think that it's up to people to be able to separate their own reality from the reality of other people. I personally can't discredit someone's hustle. People who use the internet to their advantage by becoming internet sensations did it to better their lives. I think that making a career out of the internet is something that anyone is capable of doing if they have the right resources, and if it makes you a good amount of money, then why not?
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