18-year-old internet sensation Essena ONeill had been making thousands of dollars modeling on Instagram and sharing her pictures with almost 580,000 followers, but all that changed last week. The Australian deleted 2,000 photos from her account and changed the name to Social Media Is Not Real Life. She has since re-captioned many of the remaining photos to reveal the truth behind them, and launched a new website, Lets Be Game Changers.
Without realising, Ive spent the majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance, ONeill wrote in an October 27th Instagram post. Social media, especially how I used it, isnt real. Its a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. Its perfectly orchestrated, self-absorbed judgement.