How Fake Is Social Media? Is It Having A Negative Effect On Society?

Nowadays, we are as a society, so influenced by everything that we see on social media or television. In my opinion it is convincing especially the teenage and younger generations that they should live like this, look like that etc and it’s all false, but it is portrayed in such a way that people think it’s normal, but how normal is it really? I personally don’t think it’s normal, in fact it’s totally fake.

I recently tuned into one episode of Love Island. Now I totally understand how addictive a show like this can become, but the show for me is very worrying, especially as impressionable teenagers are tuning in.

I do wonder if I have lost touch or just got old, but is it normal to have botox, plastic surgery etc, and to be jumping in and out of bed with people after only knowing them a few hours, and then declaring that you love them more than life itself? Is that really how life is? Surely not!

There is a something very fake about society today that younger people are buying into. If you don’t have a bikini ready body or a six pack, or lips that make you look like a goldfish you aren’t normal anymore!

The people that enter shows like Love Island are fake. They are surely not typical of young people today. If they are then we are in trouble when your station in life is decided on how many instagram followers you have, or if your bum fits perfectly into that bikini or your guns are perfectly defined. Whatever happened to just being you?

Life is difficult enough at times and these sorts of shows do not help anybody in being comfortable with themselves feeling normal, and just being me. These shows are depicting an image that is totally false and quite honestly far removed from normal life.

The other day I read a newspaper headline that a previous contestant on Love Island had committed suicide at the very young age of 32. The story said she had money problems, and was suffering from depression. Where was the shows aftercare team? Why was she not being monitored to make sure no negative aspects of appearing on the show had left her feeling this way?

Social media and television shows such as Love Island have a responsibility to yes, entertain us, but should they carry a warning, especially for teenagers, that these types of shows are not real, it’s a game show with a prize and not remotely similar to real life?

I would love to know what you think .

12 thoughts on “How Fake Is Social Media? Is It Having A Negative Effect On Society?

  1. Alot of social media is ‘look at me idiots ‘ grabbing their 15 minutes of fame. I agree that it will influence people to a degree. But we have a 15 year old daughter and while she uses Twitter, FB, instagram etc I strongly believe the biggest influence on her is her parents.
    She watches Love Island, much to Dads disapproval, but thankfully she sees it for the fakery it is!

  2. I am 100% with you on this! Although I still use social media, I use it less and only really because it’s part of blogging. It’s all so fake, and the extremes people go to in order to get that perfect photo, it just isn’t real. And as for all these crap shows, I’ve never watched Love Island but it looks trash and all about image. You only need to look at the likes of Charlotte Crosby and these girls from Geordie Shore and how much they’ve messed their faces and bodies up….and then these girls are role models to so many other young girls who then thing they need a face full of fillers, botox etc all when they’re so young. #triumphanttales

  3. I think kids do knows it’s fake, and watch to see these people make literal exhibitions of themselves. The social pressures are there in real life, alright, but they are a bit more subtle than all that fakery. And it’s what we are there, as parents, to help them with and, if needs be, police. #TriumphantTales

  4. I was shocked the other day to discover that a friend of mine let her daughter watch Love Island – she’s 10. This concerned me hugely! It is far too grown up a show for such young impressionable girls. However, whilst some responsibilities lie with ITV, I think magazines are just as guilty. Teenagers grow up so much younger these days than ever they did when I was that age and I think a lot of the responsibility to protect them needs to lie with the parents. Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales

  5. Nigel, I have never heard of Love Island. I don’t watch so-called reality shows. The first one, or at least the first one I knew of, was Survivor in 2000. Just watching the commercial for it, I thought it ridiculous and that it would never last–boy was I wrong about that last part! I would definitely not allow my children to watch shows like Love Island. Yikes! Social media, too, seems to have far more minuses than pluses in my opinion.

  6. I love this post Nige.
    I do watch Love Island with my teenagers but they can see how silly some of the fakery is. It’s quite a good thing to watch to discuss this topic with your children actually! However I wouldn’t let anyone under the age of 14 watch it. It was produced after Big Brother with the soul intention of seeing people have sex on TV. I’ve told my kids that and we all think it’s totally fake and weird.
    I enjoyed this post so much I have linked it over at Lucy’s’

    Have a great day. X

  7. check out my instagram, i post daily photos for the past 4 years showing life as it really is, if the photo is staged i’ll tell you and show you the before photo and a picture of where i shoved everything to create the perfect image. I don’t watch reality shows for the very reasons you mention above #triumphanttales

  8. I don’t watch Love Island, I’ve no interest. I can understand where you are coming from though, I get sick of all the pouting, scantily clad girls on my social media…and that’s just my nieces!! But try and be honest an people don’t like it either. I think you just have to step back an understand that none of it portrays real life! #blogcrush

  9. i don’t think kids know how fake it is. I think they see these individuals as gifted (be it in the opportunity to be on the program, in their looks, or in their hedonistic attitude to life. Reality is all out of focus… social media largely only shows the extreme – we post pictures when we’re posing, made up, doing something exciting, got a date – thats not everyday life its highlights but ‘we’ begin to feel that everyone is having more fun etc etc. All this ‘reality’ tv is fake and the pressure on our young is endless its 24/7 feed of BS and children are demonstrating their unhappiness in the form of more and more and younger and younger problems with mental health and body image. Six year olds who won’t go out without make up. 13 year olds who think they need a boob job. Boys with anorexia… i don’t know where or how this will end. I’ve started writing more and more about real real life as a result

  10. Social media is so fake. As a blogger, my job is to portray a certain image, one that doesn’t take the whole of me into considersation. Looking at my feed, you might think I’ve got this parenting thing nailed and that I’m always calm and collected when I deal with my kids. Is that true? No. But people come to my site to learn about how to be that kind of parent so that’s what I need to post about.

    In the same way, a healthy eating blogger is sure to buy fast food from time to time, and a beauty blogger will wake up with spots.

    It’s so important to educate our kids that social media is not showing everything about a person – just the snapshots they want you to see. Even accounts that rave about being “honest and raw” are still only snapshots – they might be honest about their weight issues but quiet about their relationship breakdown, or honest about their parenting failures but quiet about their mental health problem.

    Anyway, this post really resonated with someone so they added it to the BlogCrush linky for some extra exposure. Congratulations! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

  11. I completely agree, I think social media can be really damaging to young people’s perceptions of what life is really like and lots of these insta famous influencers and reality tv stars are not portraying a healthy and normal body image to young women either. So much of social media is fake but there are a lot of people out there telling it how it really is and not hiding behind perfectly curated feeds and heavily filtered photos, instead they show the person they really are. I love this post x #blogcrush

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