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Finstagram- The Real You

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Mar 04, 2016
Finstagram- The Real You

Have you ever found yourself spending hours upon hours engaging in social media antics? The price of a Retweet, Instagram like or Facebook comment is a sure way to boost one’s ego and instant access to social media fame.

Unfortunately, the person behind the keyboard differs dramatically from their online persona. It seems, “all that glitters is not gold.” A study published by Computers in Human Behavior found that people with a substantial amount of Facebook friends are more likely to have low self-esteem. In the same article published by Forbes, another 2014 study suggested egocentric users who embody a false pretense of themselves tend to post “self-disclosures that contain self-promotional content.”  And Capturing Personality from Facebook Photos and Photo-Related Activity, revealed that compulsive individuals seeking attention and validation post the most photos.

It is such a shame; the social media façade has consumed an entire generation. Not being able to eat your plate of delectable food until the right photo is captured or posing for numerous images until the picture perfect snapshot has been taken has become the societal norm. What happened to the basic concept of living life not living a lie?

Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

To combat this corrupt way of thinking many teens have started to “finsta” their accounts. Finstagram is not an actual app but a secondary Instagram account, teenagers use to post their most embarrassing images and videos of themselves, for only close family and friends to see. The editing tools and process of approval that usually coincide with an Instagram account are completely eliminated. Finstagram’s primary purpose is to showcase an individual’s true authenticity, embracing their personal flaws without the shams or the gimmicks.

Arman Julie, a New Jersey high-schooler told Tech Insider, “Normal Instagram pictures are usually edited to make the people in them look really good, like whitening teeth and getting rid of acne. Finsta pictures aren’t filtered and are almost always bad pictures of the account owner. They’re just something fun, they’re meant to make people laugh.”

It would be great if we were able to rise above the carefully curated collages posted to our individual Instagram accounts but in today’s world, it seems a bit far-fetched. I agree, the price of Internet fame can consume our daily lives and negatively affect relationships, productivity, and self-esteem but I’m not sure creating a second account to avoid trying to “Keep up with the Joneses” is the solution either. You decide, let us know what you think.