Sunday, 2 September 2018

Nobody's perfect: 7 ways to become more authentic on social media

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Authenticity


(Adj) Of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.


Social media and blogging are a match made in heaven, it improves blogger success in the competitive industry and allows creators to be seen. There are hundreds of educational courses aimed at developing the effectiveness of social media use. It is evident that without social media, online creative work would not be the same.

On the other hand, social media could lead to an unhealthy self-focus, where we take ourselves too seriously. In the virtual reality environment, you can be whoever you want to be. This means that hiding behind the mask becomes an easy option.


It’s difficult to be careless about what people think when you rely on your audience. Nevertheless, there should be a balance between making what you like and making things in a way that results in others liking you. This poses a few questions:    

1. What steps should creators take for maintaining authenticity in a virtual environment?
      2. What steps should be taken to reduce narcissistic egoism?


1  1. THINK ABOUT YOUR MOTIVATIONS AND GOALS

The first thing that anyone planning to become a creator online should do is think about their motivations and goals. There should be a clear reason, beyond shallow explanations such as “I want to be popular” or “I want to earn lots of money” or “I want to be better than anyone else”. Work driven on a selfish motivation becomes an exhibition of narcissism. Have an open mind, stop seeing yourself as the center of the world.

2.  MONITOR YOUR IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT


Impression management is defined as “the selective disclosure of personal details designed to present an idealized self” (Hogan, 2010). Social media allows for the strategic presentation of self-identity which may be beneficial for content creators.

It is unlikely that social media could be free from impression management since it is a natural part of any communication. However, creators should monitor the extent of their impression management to avoid getting lost in the façade of perfection. 
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     3. SHARE YOUR ABILITIES AND SKILLS AND NOT JUST YOURSELF


In the online world of selfies and influencers sharing your abilities and skills becomes a responsibility. Creators should move beyond the simple “look this is who I am” and practice the “look this what I do” more.

Your brand is more than your hair colour, subculture or the type of lipstick that you choose to wear. Start with exploring your interests and then move from there.


4.  PRACTICE ACCEPTING YOUR FLAWS


Begin practicing a habit that celebrates authenticity and aids your mental health. Instead of hiding your flaws and imperfections, start to accept them. Put the mask aside for once, you are a person and not a pick and mix section where you can avoid dreadful sweets (like licorice). We are all made up of strengths and flaws, let’s stop denying that.
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     5.  THINK ABOUT THE USE OF FILTERS AND EDITING


Filters can be a wonderful outlet of artistic expression in photography. Nonetheless, the unhealthy use of editing could make your audience feel inadequate.

The release of Facetune in 2013 has allowed anyone to enhance and retouch their features. Being your idealized self is now easier than ever before, but this is a blessing and a curse. Filtering out imperfections cannot improve your self-esteem and the way that you feel about your appearance.

Colourful pick and mix sweets station
   You should start accepting your flaws, it will help you to feel more authentic and whole. You are a person, not a pick and mix section where you can avoid what you don't like. 

     6.  STOP TRYING TO MAKE OTHERS LIKE YOU


Chasing validation is a waste of time. The reality is, there will always be people who don’t like you, no matter what you do. Everyone has an opinion about what is good and what is bad, so stay true to yourself instead of trying to make others like you.

     7.  TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SOCIAL MEDIA BUBBLE 


Sometimes social media can be like a leech sucking your self-worth and motivation out of you.
In the virtual environment, it is easier to forget that at the end of the day, behind filters, flat lays and beautiful photographs we are all just people. Take a break from the social media bubble and get grounded in reality.

These are the 7 steps that you should take for being more authentic in a virtual environment.
Authenticity is a personal concept, being authentic depends on your own perception of authenticity. To an extent, everyone is a performer in all aspects of life. The most important thing is not losing your true self in the performance. What are your thoughts on the topic of authenticity on social media? Are bloggers lost in the façade of perfection or are we worrying about an issue that does not matter? Let me know in the comments.

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6 comments :

  1. I loved this post so much, it was so refreshing to read! Since coming back to blogging I've been talking more about what I enjoy rather than just cosmetics and I feel so much more myself! <3

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    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed the post :) I loved writing it! Your blogs are the BOMB!!

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  2. LOVE THIS! <3
    https://octoberslallu.blogspot.com/

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  3. This is a really interesting post and it's actually given me quite a lot to think about. I always try and keep it real on social media, I'm not scared to tweet when I'm having a bad day or if my mental health is on the floor but I often feel like a bit of a fraud because the social media curtain.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  4. Amazing post! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by social media these days, it's good to be reminded to take a step back once in awhile and evaluate everything that's important.

    Sophie x
    https://sophiesthoughts3.wordpress.com/

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