A Letter to the Teens of Today Regarding Social Media & Your Health
Dear Teens of Today,
Over the last few years, social media has become more dominant than ever. The rise of Instagram, Snapchat and the like has become your go-to place for fun, knowledge and all things in between. Studies have shown that we spend more time on mobile internet as opposed to traditional desktop PCs.
But I’m not here to give you a history lesson on the evolution of technology — I’m a health and fitness blogger after all! What I do want to get across is that social media might actually be making us unhealthy. And so my message today is: don’t let social media steal your happiness, health, or sanity.
Health and fitness has grown exponentially over the last few years, and social media has everything to do with it. Now don’t get me wrong, this IS good news. People are starting to be more health conscious. However, it’s almost having an adverse affect on people, teens especially.
You look at the guy with the 6 pack and you want that, or you see the girl with the flat stomach and then you think “Christ, where’s my flat stomach at though!?”. Whilst it’s great to look for inspiration it’s not so great when this inspiration turns into an obsession or self-loathing. By all means yes, strive to become a better version of you, but understand that you are still good enough and just because someone else may have a good physique, that doesn’t make you a horrible human being.
I write this post because I hear and see young people going to extreme lengths to achieve the physique that they want which just isn’t cool. Whether that be starving themselves, or taking some “magic” diet pills found online, or trying every diet under the sun. I won’t say too much about steroids but personally, I don’t agree with it and here’s why…
“We should do what we do to stay fit and healthy, your physique should be a byproduct of that lifestyle. So if what you are doing does not achieve health or fitness then what are you doing it for?”
In an era where image is everything and social media is everywhere, teens are living through their phones-chasing fame, endorsement deals, and followers. Because so much time is spent on these networks, you are led to believe that this is real life, but it’s not. You have no idea what your idol has been through or is going through to look that way. They could have been training for years to get that way and may of taken things that you can’t get in Holland & Barretts if you know what I mean. Just look at Essena O’Neil’s legendary break up with social media a few months ago to see what I mean about what really goes on behind the camera. (http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/a-teen-instagram-star-is-editing-her-photo-captions-to-show#.hup5wm7V1).
So, ladies and gents don’t get sucked into social media to the point where you will do anything to look a certain way. Social media was created for fun, not to ruin your lives. There’s more to life than getting some empty likes on a social platform. So stay healthy and stay fit ,but not at the cost of not being healthy or not being fit. Get it?
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