“Instagram não é a vida real” alerta modelo de 18 anos cansada pela obsessão da fama

3 Novembro, 2015 11:15

Com mais de meio milhão de seguidores na rede social Instagram, a modelo Australiana de 18 anos, Essena O’Neill deu uma viragem na sua vida e pós um basta à falsa popularidade que as redes sociais alimentam.

A modelo apagou da sua conta mais de 2000 fotografias e alterou o seu nome para “Social Media is Not Real Life” (A vida nas redes sociais não é real) como forma de alertar outras pessoas para o pesadelo em que se pode tornar esta obsessão pela fama que lhe consumiam horas por dia tudo em troca de um simples “like” e seguidores.

Fez um video a explicar todos os pormenores desta decisão e editou algumas das fotografias que restaram na sua conta de Instagram, que ao invés de usar versos e frases bonitas que habitualmente vemos, por textos que explicam toda a verdade por trás dessa fotografia. Um exemplo a seguir e reflectir antes que deixemos as redes sociais se “apoderarem” nas nossas vidas reais.


I had acne here, this is a lot of makeup. I was smiling because I thought I looked good. Happiness based on aesthetics will suffocate your potential here on earth.

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Edit real caption: I was 16 here. 16!!! I did not wear this outfit out of the house, just for the photo. What is the obsession with trying to look older, sexier? Uma foto publicada por Social Media Is Not Real Life (@essenaoneill) a


NOT REAL LIFE – I didn’t pay for the dress, took countless photos trying to look hot for Instagram, the formal made me feel incredibly alone. BEHIND THE IMAGE COMING SOON – www.letsbegamechangers.com Uma foto publicada por Social Media Is Not Real Life (@essenaoneill) a


I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self promotion. Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement. I was consumed by it. I spent majority of my day aimlessly scrolling, hours on YouTube… How can we see ourselves and our true purpose/talents if we are constantly viewing others? Many of us are in so deep we don’t realise it’s delusional powers and the impact it has on our lives. There’s a select few photos I left here, half are original captions that I believe to be educational, the other half are photos that deluded you. It was never my conscious intention, but I deluded a lot of people…Call it deception, manipulation, lying, not saying the whole truth… I was both addicted to social approval and terrified no one would value me for myself. So I rewrote the captions of these false photos with short shots of reality. EVERYTHING EXPLAINED IN THE LINK IN MY BIO. There’s no likes or views or followers there. Just my content as raw as I want. It’s all going to be free of course. My main vegan videos will still be on YouTube, but vimeo will host all the new quality content. Made to help not to get views or $$$. How will I spread my message? Organically. If it moves someone, they tell their friends about it, simple as that. I’ll be talking about vegansim, creative imagery with purpose, poems, writing, interviews with people that inspire me, and of course the finical reality behind deluding people off Instagram…I was so caught up in it all. P.S when the new form of social sharing comes out, something that doesn’t revolve around likes and views but based on similar topics/quality for example, I will see you there, whenever that day comes…. We must create change.


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