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f social media was a person, you’d probably avoid them. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are loaded with pictures of people going to exotic places, looking like they are about to be on the cover of Vogue, and otherwise living a fairy-tale existence. And, like all fairy tales, these narratives feel a lot like fiction.

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Sometimes faking it on Instagram is just fine. Photo by Joshua Rawson Harris.

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When you compare the “projected reality” to your lived experience, it would be easy to conclude that you do not measure up. Research shows that young adults are especially vulnerable to this phenomenon. We have also studied this trend in graduate students, our next generation of scholars: they too, implicitly compare themselves to their peers, sometimes automatically. We’re socially trained to do this as shown by a litany of research studies exploring our relationships with others projected images. These implicit comparisons can threaten your innate psychological needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness. Not just one of them. ALL OF THEM. And such comparisons have shifted life online towards an unwinnable competition. We are outnumbered and out-posted by other people and it can make us feel unequivocally terrible if we let it. It’s never been easier to be insecure about ourselves and our achievements thanks to the ever-present torrent of “updates” posted by mostly well-meaning people seeking opportunities for connection and validation. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? Social media fills our days, but it hasn’t always. In fact, the birth of sites and apps like the micro-blogging platform Tumblr (2007), the bite-sized conversation builder Twitter (2006) and star-studded Instagram (2010) all arrived on the technology scene in tandem with the e-book revolution. And yet, in just over a decade, these tools have exploded across our browsers, into our phones and onto our self-perceptions. People appear to be spending an hour a day on various social media apps, which doesn’t sound too rough if we assume everyone is only using one app. However, the tendency for younger users to embrace multiple social media

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apps (and to access their accounts multiple times a day) is increasing. What that means for many of us is that we are spending hours each day connected and consuming content, from short tweets to beautifully staged #bookstagram images to painstakingly crafted selfies that sometimes make it seem like our friends are living the glamorous life, even when they’re waking up before dawn to take care of their little ones. Social media presences are not inherently fake, but some people interacting in these spaces feel pressure to perform. And that’s not always bad! As argued by Amy Cuddy, sometimes it’s helpful to pretend we are who we want to be in order to give ourselves the confidence to grow into our futures. There’s a rich history to “acting as if ” in spiritual and growth-oriented spaces. But there’s a line between “fake it till you become it” and spending the afternoon shooting awkward photos to gain more “likes.” DARK POINT OF THE SOUL After conducting about 60 interviews and 2,500 surveys across two ongoing studies of post-secondary students, the findings indicate that being constantly compared to other people can demolish our confidence quickly. For example, one first-year PhD student told us: “I feel like a failure because I don’t have any papers out and I haven’t won a major scholarship like the rest of my lab group.” A first-year student?! Another commented: “All my peers are better than me, why am I even here?” These are high-performing thinkers, and yet their confidence is being steamrolled in part because social media does not facilitate fair comparisons. We wish these experiences were unique to certain contexts, but they are

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Being constantly compared to other people is not good for us. Photos by Laura Chouette.

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Party goers spending more time posting photos to social media than interacting with other guests. Photo by Ibrahim Boran.

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ubiquitous. We’ve become so used to seeing the world through social media that we give it false equivalence with our lived experience. We implicitly compare our lives against the sensation of social media and consider it a fair contention. Of course, the mundane doesn’t measure up to social media. Social media posts need to be epic to be shared. Hardly anyone posts a “meh” status update; our social media posts are typically at one extreme or another, good or bad, and we are left to compare our individual realities with an exceptional anecdote devoid of context. It’s all of the sugar, with none of the fiber. IT’S NOT ALL A PIT OF DESPAIR Despite this relatively grim picture, the way we’re performing on social media isn’t entirely destructive. For starters, the awareness that we all seem to have about the inauthentic presentations of people’s lives that we consume online (and the painful comparisons that often follow) has also spawned subversively creative acts of satire. One example comes from “It’s Like They Know Us,” a blog/book/parenting subculture that’s built around taking stock images of families and providing captions that poke fun of the impossible standards these images perpetuate. And articles like the recent “How to Become Instagram Famous Experiment” remind us all that behind the carefully cultivated images rests a series of failed attempts and sometimes ridiculous efforts to capture the perfect shot. There’s a perverse kind of creativity that our image-saturated web presence has spawned. And as often as we fall into the destructive cycle of comparing our messy, authentic lives to the snapshots of perfection that we see online,

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we just as often step back and laugh at how silly it all is. Perhaps we’re merely playing along; isn’t it fun to think, just for a moment, that somewhere out there, someone is really living their best life? And maybe, just maybe, if we arrange our books in an artful composition or capture a stunning selfie on the 10th attempt, maybe we will be able to see the beauty that exists in each of our imperfectly messy, chaotic, authentic realities beyond the picture. Maybe it’s good for us to “act as if,” as long as we remember that the content we share and engage with online is only a fraction of our real stories. Remember, even fairy tales have a grain of truth.

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Eleftherios Soleas is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Jen McConnel is the Assistant Professor of English Education at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. She is a teacher-researcher and writer. She is a former ELA teacher with a decade of classroom experience, and her work focuses on supporting teachers across contexts. Her research interests include academic writing, children’s and young adult literature, and the uses of metaphor in teaching and writing. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

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The number of followers you need to be considered an influencer varies depending on the type of niche or topics you cover. Mega influencers have more than 1 million followers. Those with 40,000 to 1 million followers are considered macro-influencers, but most fall into the micro-influencer range which is 1,000 to 40,000 followers. Having fewer than 1,000 followers in a specialty niche is classified as a nano-influencer. Influencers create content and take photographs to engage and build an audience. They also do this in hopes of acquiring paid collaborations. Influence.co surveyed 1,140 influencers (with a following between 5,000 and 1 million) to find out how they are interacting with brands, making money, and conducting their business. They found that 45% of those surveyed are contacted at least 4 times a month about a collaboration or campaign. According to 83% of the influencers, less than half of the brands offer cash for their participation. And, 78% said they had posted sponsored content without being paid. Most influencers put in more time at “influencer work” than they do for their day job. The average influencer spends at least 4 hours daily creating content and photography, with another 3 hours spent on checking emails and social media interactions. We researched the most searchable topics in our area and the trends that locals follow. Then, we crunched the data to determine who the top influencers are in the greater Charlotte market. We present them here in order of their overall reach along with their specialties.

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Melissa Gundersen

@prouddogmom | 2.3M Reach Dogs | Dog Food | Pets & Animals | Dog Supplies | Dog Mom prouddogmom.com

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Mckenna Bleu

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@bucketlisttummy_rd | 51.3k Reach Fitness | Health and Wellness | Nutrition | Running | Travel bucketlisttummy.com

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Colin Joliat

@boozist | 27.8k Reach Beer | Spirits | Whisky | Cocktails | Food And Drinks boozist.com

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@reverieandink | 18.9k Reach Books | Home Decorating | Jewelry | Lifestyle | Clothing brittneyarena.com

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Leigh Thomas Brown

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ach year in Charlotte, ArtPop Street Gallery sends out an open call asking community artists to submit a digital, billboard-ready image for consideration to their program. ArtPop’s jury of professional artists, gallery owners, executives, and community leaders review each submission and select the artists who will make up the ArtPop Class for the year.

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The new class is revealed during a special celebration where each new artist receives a miniature billboard of their new public art project. Then, the ArtPop partners do the magic of spreading art to the community on billboards, newsstands, and digital boards throughout the city. Each jury selects one Senior High School student for inclusion in the class. Student artists receive a scholarship to a collegiate art program and the support of the entire ArtPop community. Starting in 2019, ArtPop partnered with ArtistsU to provide artists with the tools and resources they need to make a professional living. ArtPop’s Business of Art workshops teach the ins and outs of small business ownership from the artists’ perspective. ArtPop Street Gallery is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that showcases local artists by featuring their art in public spaces and equipping them to achieve sustained success. ArtPop makes art accessible to all people in the communities they serve because everyone deserves access to art. ArtPop does this in two ways, through Cities Programs and Inspiration Projects. In the Cities Programs, ArtPop makes local artists household names and creates city-sized street galleries through space like billboards and more. The Inspiration Projects work through generous commissions with corporate partners to create paid opportunities for artists while creating public art projects for all to enjoy. Meet the new 2021 class representing ArtPop Charlotte.

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Greg Barnes

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Creatives Jesse carkin

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Ella Mackinson @ellaraewyn | ellaraewyn.squarespace.com

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Creatives Mary Zio @mzioartist | maryzio.com

Katherine Heilig @_klhdesigns

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Mikel Frank @mikelfranksart | mikelfrank.net

Kenny Nguyen @kennynguyenclt | kennynguyen.org

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Molly Partyka @mollypartyka | mollypartyka.com

rob Webb

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Creatives sara Simmons @sarasimmons.art | sarasimmons.net

Tim Petrinec @timpetrinec | timpetrinec.com

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Creatives Caroline rust @caroline_rust_art | carolinerust.com

adam Jochim @pitchandburl | pitchandburl.com

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Aletha Buck

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Ashley Proctor @robotmuseart | robotmuseart.com

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Dylan bannister @dylanbannisterart | dylanbannister.com

Cat Babbie @catbmakes | catbabbie.com

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Creatives David Bulfin @bulfin | bulfin.co

Christina Cobb @christinacobbart | christinacobbart.com

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f you want to know where the best local eateries are or you (like me) really enjoy seeing beautiful food images in your feed, you will definitely want to follow these foodies for both. We like to see real people with a real passion for yummy food. Local people who seek out the best our community has to offer. Our favorite foodies share their unsolicited experiences at the best ‘mom and pop’ establishments in the city.

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Local Foodie @lifeatcharlotte 1,058 followers

Nairitya started @lifeatcharlotte September 2020.

Top left to right, Good Drip Coffee, Peppervine CLT, and Napa On Providence photographed by @lifeatcharlotte.

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es We Follow @foodwinechickie 1,962 followers

Veronique started @foodwinechickie in 2009.

Top left to right, Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse, The Everyday Market, and Haymaker CLT photographed by @foodwinechickie.

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Local Foodie @ashaeatsworld 1,175 followers

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es We Follow @goodeatsinclt 1.904 followers

Sarah started @goodeatsinclt March 2019.

Top left to right, Suarez Bakery and Barra, Wentworth and Fenn, and Link & Pin NC photographed by @goodeatsinclt.

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Local Foodie @fatkidsclt 141 followers

Ehron + Kari started @fatkidsclt September 2017.

FAT KIDS CLT Top left to right, Pump House Rock Hill, Que Onda Tacos Uptown, and Zukku Sushi CLT photographed by @fatkidsclt.

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es We Follow @finer_with_thyme 1.568 followers

Karen started @finer_with_thyme April 2019.

Top left to right, Mad Dash Food, Good Food CLT, and Panca Street Food photographed by @finer_with_thyme.

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Local Foodie @queeneatz_ 114 followers

Sharee started @queeneatz_ October 2020.

Top left to right, Fern Flavors, Mike’s Vegan Cookout, and Cuzzos Cuisine photographed by @queeneatz_.

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