The ‘finsta’ revolution

The term ‘finsta’ can be described as a fake instagram account where teens post the sides of them they don’t always show to the public eye. This can include anecdotes of embarrassing moments, scandalous self portraits, or anything one may feel inclined to share to a small, handpicked audience.

Finsta accounts are viewed as a form of unapologetic expression. But what does this mean for the whole ‘true colors’ revolution? Some may argue this only further encourages the facade provided by social media, insinuating that who we may portray to the world may not be our true selves.

I’ve seen this exhibited through comparing real and fake accounts of a user side by side: on a public page, she — we’ll call her Sarah — preaches statements of self love, body positivity and ‘We’re all beautiful’ type wisdom. On her fake account? A close up selfie captioned, ‘I am literal garbage’ or ‘Why am I so f*cking ugly, I hate myself’. Now, this leaves Sarah’s audience confused as to which account may truly be the facade. First of all, Sarah, are you ok?

Another comparison shows an artistic girl — Madi, if you will — who chooses to curate her public instagram in a way that is honest, but specific and based around a certain aesthetic. Madi uses her finsta to portray a genuine side of herself, which consists largely of memes or selfies that simply don’t fit in with her main account. In this case, it isn’t quite a sin to show a different side of oneself.

Fake instagrams are solely used for entertainment purposes, as far as I’ve yet noticed. However, we tread muddy water when we depict ourselves as entirely different people between accounts. Where is the line drawn? Do the false accounts promote a new era of honesty, or is it diminished by the fact that we still hide behind its exclusivity?

My conclusion is that like most ‘art forms,’ if you will, these accounts are entirely subjective, and of course it is up to the user what they utilize them for. Perhaps they will spark a confidence revolution. Or, contrarily, perhaps they will taint the idea of self-appreciation. And I suppose that is up to whomever chooses to take part.

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