The general verdict about social media is that it can be harmful to us through showing us unrealistic representations of life. These representations can have any number of internal effects on the user, such as giving them an unwarranted fear that they are somehow missing out if they are not included in the happy hour photos their friends post.
Many people also attach their worth to the number of likes, clicks, views, and shares their social media content receives, meaning if they don’t receive a benchmark number of engagements, they are somehow irrelevant.
Let us also not forget the illusion many “models” on Instagram sell (side note: I mean no offense by putting that in quotation marks, but I worked in LA in the entertainment industry for three years, so I subscribe to the old school definition of model). The women who receive lots of attention on the Gram usually portray a standard of beauty that is unattainable, or just plain unreal. Kudos to them on their hustle, but let’s call it what it is.
Anyway, many social media analysts are cautioning that women should stay off of Instagram altogether, and I have seen a few dark-skinned female personalities on YouTube advocate for other dark-skinned black women to get off of Instagram to protect their psyches. I see their intentions and do not wish to shut them down, but I also believe there is a way to consume of social media that supports positive habits and mental healing.