It's the age where our virtual reality is our new reality, and why not?
Throwing it back to the days of MSN IM's, Bebo, MySpace and even Skype? Those platforms were what I lived for, excluding that of MySpace because I attracted more middle aged men than I needed to in one life time. I remember faking my age to join these platforms because you had to be 18 and above.
We have progressed to a whole new level of socialising, 'txt' talk is really old news, haven't you heard of emoji's? or even better Kimoji's? I can literally say 'Hi, Bye, TTYL, and BRB' with emoji's. And for those of you that grace our feed with the early morning avocado on toast pictures, you have got your own emoji!!!
Now there are newer platforms such as, Instagram and within this there are Instagram stories and Instagram Live, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook which also includes its' own Messenger app, and Facebook Live as well as WhatsApp and what is known as a WhatsApp status, basically another door to upload a video of your walk to the supermarket and share it with your contacts and of course there is YouTube. These are just the raging platforms for our age, who knows what's coming next and the question is can we really keep up?
Not so long ago, I got a message from my younger sister telling me I have got 'fans' on her 'Finstagram', I paused for a second, thinking she obviously meant Instagram but I was the one in the wrong, there is such a thing as Finstagram. I had to laugh rhetorically and further ask more questions on what this is and it's purpose.
Now let me break down what a Finstagram is, for those who are in the dark, much like I was -- Finstagram is short for 'Fake Instagram'. This is an alternate account from your real/main one, where you have the freedom to be someone you cannot be on your real Instagram, you have a smaller social circle, less followers than Following,no theme or aesthetic to your feed and a lot of banter between your family, friends and other Finstagram accounts. To further complicate things, some individuals use this as an outlet to escape their 'reality' and the pressures of having to post that perfect morning Starbucks coffee (even if it tastes like shit), guilty is charged.
Think, an early morning selfie with your double chin angles and your eyes shut with a bit of drool on your side cheek just to give it that 'shazam'!!! Despite the whole point behind a Finstagram being a quiet place to express yourself, it has somehow turned into a trend, much like the Kardashians or having a dog. The sublimity of Finstagram is all lost because now that we all know we could gain access to a certain individuals alter-ego, the lust for this grows.
Now that I have cleared up the purpose of a Finstagram, I have no use for it. I might still be struggling with which 'flower-power' picture to grace my feed with, but trust me, I know I do not need a Finstagram to express myself. I do that enough on my stories and in Real life.
Does anyone suffer from social media labels? because I do. There isn't one Instagram page that doesn't say "Travel blogger", "Food blogger", "Fashion blogger", "Make-up Artist" and oooh, how could I forget this,"Photographer".
Owning a camera makes you a photographer, cooking makes you a food blogger all of a sudden, and knowing how to contour elevates us to the position of Make-Up artist. I refuse to go into the 'Travel and Fashion blogger' groupies because owning one pair of Gucci loafers or visiting Australia does not make you an expert at this.
Don't get me wrong, there are actual talented individuals out there who are genuinely working hard to create and inspire, while there are those that have decided a YouTube channel with views gives them a taste of fame.
With all this going on, I am still trying to figure out which platform to post my stories on; Instagram or Snapchat? What filter best emphasises the dinner I'm about to have at Wagamama and why-o-why, isn't there a flamingo emoji when I need one?? *whispers* "First world problems"