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LIFESTYLE | PI MAGAZINE 716

THE REALITY BEHIND THE ONLINE PROFILE Prescious Adesina looks into how it’s not all as it seems identity to the world. However nowadays things have been taking a step further. One just has to look at Instagram pages, such as Rich Kids of Instagram, to understand that it is no longer just about having it, but documenting it, too. Did you really go to that party if there’s no pictures of you there? Your new ring is awesome, don’t forget to strategically get it into your next selfie. The question we have to ask here is: what fuels us to want to share every detail of our private lives and show off our possessions so publicly? For things like Rich Kids of Instagram, it seems it may

be a narcissistic drive to ensue jealousy in others, deeply rooted in the idea that their wealth is literally what brings them value. Why else you’d want your name under the bracket of Rich Kids of Instagram, I don’t know. Social media pages enable us to represent ourselves in the way we want to be perceived, rather than how we actually are. It allows us to take control and fashion a ‘better’ version of ourselves through only showing the particular attributes of our lives that we are happy, or proud (or sad) about. Deliciously Ella, a popular food

blogger, recently posted an open letter summarizing how she feels about social media: “I often look through my feed and think, ‘wow that person looks so great’ or ‘I wish I could do that’ and when I feel low that certainly doesn’t help me, and that’s exactly the moment that we need to remind ourselves that we’re not seeing the full picture […] That’s not to say it’s an inauthentic image and social media is totally false, I don’t think it is, it’s just that we tend to post the most exciting parts of our lives - so it’s a heavily edited, curated reality.”

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Pi Magazine, Issue 716 - The Mind  

Our Second Issue of the 2016/17 academic year is focused on 'The Mind'. We delve into topics such as mental health, neurological disease, an...

Pi Magazine, Issue 716 - The Mind  

Our Second Issue of the 2016/17 academic year is focused on 'The Mind'. We delve into topics such as mental health, neurological disease, an...

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