Social media: Unrealistic goals and lost privacy

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Social media is perceived as both a positive and a negative place and it is not news just how much it can manipulate what people think and how they are. Whether it be fake thigh gaps or posing as an idyllic beautiful couple, everyone has become accustomed to avoiding the genuine.

Pressure on people to look a certain way is present throughout popular culture and if you do not appear immaculate then people may have comments to share, that are generally in no way helpful to anyone. Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley shared a photo of her looking like a regular human being with spot cream dotted around her face.

Although it can’t create world peace, the photo has the ability to make people realise that picking the photo which shows off your best angles and editing it to make a ‘better you’ is simply not real. We probably should not follow suit because it makes a large proportion of the nation feel uglier than they should, which should not be okay. Admittedly I like a filter the same as a lot of active Instagram users, yet there is something fake about the idea of perfection.

Celebrities chose their life, but do they need more privacy?

Social media affects celebrities on a larger scale and they have to manage millions of people viewing the lives they share with us. Unfortunately, most of them are promoting unrealistic goals for everyone out there, but the pressure must get to them. Not only that but they do not have the privilege of privacy like we do. There is no doubt that they chose their careers and therefore have to deal with the consequences, yet it still seems unfair to pry further into their business than they share online, especially when it comes to a relationship they do not want to share with the rest of the world.

It appears celebrity couples are in and out of relationships very regularly and the reason we know this is because their relationship status’ are everywhere on social media. There is not a day that people do not see a break-up story or a hot new couple we should keep our eyes peeled for because we care very deeply for their private lives, evidently.

Celebrities of every age are being scrutinised in their relationships and no matter how hard they try their private lives are not so private. The Independent posted a story about couples exposing their relationships early so that they can control the publicity and speculation before it gets out of hand.

Brooklyn Beckham is only 17 but has 6.9 million followers on Instagram. By posting pictures of him and Chloe Moretz, 19, he created a storm of people waiting at their screens for him to confirm the rumours. The actress said: “I think the more I don’t make it mysterious, the more people don’t care.” 

By embracing the attention, they have managed to take away the suspense that the followers were feeling and once more they are as happy and content as the couple themselves. As much as they may not mind, it still seems unfair that they can’t simply be a couple, they have to worry about all of their fans too.

As nice as it would be for people to find confidence in themselves and share things that are real, or for people to leave celebrity couples to simply enjoy what could be a partner for life, the judgement probably will not stop.

What do you think? How has social media impacted the lives of celebrities? Have your say in the comments section below.

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