Does Instagram Affect Our Self-Esteem?

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Instagram is a place where we share important events, ideas and pictures that occur in our daily lives. It is a self-expression and representation of who we are or who we strive to be. Some of us put so much thought or detail into a single post ensuring that we achieve the most likes or comments about how good we look, others use their platform to gain recognition on an important subject or matter that is dear to their heart, but at the end of the day, Instagram is a social media outlet for us all that can come with many pressures, stressors and insecurities. Constantly comparing ourselves to another human being and wishing we had their hair or body type, or wishing we had as nice as a house as one of the home decorators we follow, or better yet simply wishing for what others had and not focusing on what we have and loving it is not the way we should be living our life, as we only have one.

Instagram affects our self-esteem in so many ways. We constantly feel like we need to live up to the lifestyles of those we follow online, as well as stress ourselves out when we see others online doing things that we may not have the means or time to do so. I’m curious what your thoughts are on this matter. Has your self-esteem ever been impacted by Instagram? To be brutally honest, mine has, many times. I have been guilty of looking at pictures of models, obsessing over my body and panicking over why I don’t look like them. I remind myself, when I get this way, how different our bodies, hair, and facial structures are from one another, and that it’s within us that is what really counts. Below are a list of other ways I strongly feel Instagram affects our self-esteem: 

  • Lack of sleep from spending too much time on Instagram which can cause us to feel exhausted, unmotivated and unproductive which can also alter our moods.
  • Body shaming- seeing our ideal bodies on other people that we wish we had can cause serious self-esteem issues, and can even go to the extreme of having an eating disorder.
  • Negative thoughts- the fantasy land of Instagram can cause us to have negative thoughts about our own personal life and relationships because we tend to see things that seem “better” then what we have.

Below is an article that discusses how Instagram can affect our mental health. Read through and let me know if you agree with what this article says. Anxiety, depression and many other mental health disorders are what can arise from too much Instagram. Do you believe this?

https://time.com/4793331/instagram-social-media-mental-health/

These are just a few ways Instagram affects our self-esteem and there are so many more. There is something Instagram did recently which I think may be beneficial to all of us. Instagram disabled the like feature on peoples photos and videos. People tend to get caught up in how many likes they have on a photo thinking it defines their status and popularity, and many people have been affected hugely by this because it makes them feel unpopular or worthless, so Instagram listened to the complaints and removed the option which I thought was fantastic. What do you think of Instagram doing this? Do you think it could help make a change like I do? Please feel free to comment in the comments section what you think about Instagram and whether or not it is affecting our self-esteem. I would love to hear your feedback! 

Has your self-esteem ever been affected by instagram? #selfesteem https://bit.ly/2JZcXZk

Does Instagram give us a sense of false hope? https://bit.ly/2JZcXZk

COM0014- Blog #4- Are You Familiar With Etsy?

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Etsy is an online shop that offers handmade, unique and charming products for consumers to shop and buy. Whether you are looking for items to fulfil your dream design space, or homemade soaps to give as a gift, or even personalized items for birthdays and baby showers, Etsy has it all. Etsy is made up of different online stores, shops and companies that you can filter through to find what it is you are looking for and let me tell you- it has something for everyone!!

Are you familiar with Etsy? If not, I highly suggest you check it out at www.etsy.com

Etsy is considered to be a B2C business, which in other words means, business to consumer. Business to consumer essentially has to do with the online financial aspect of the sale between the consumer and the business. In simpler terms, Etsy is based on online transactions only. With that being said, a shop will sell their products to its customer, which is considered a transaction between a business, and its consumers, which are the customers.  In even simpler, simpler terms, as I know this can be a little confusing; the businesses that are on Etsy sell their products to its customers and are solely selling their products online through Etsy or on the internet.

This company is using social media as a platform through its Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages which helps promote the shop thoroughly. Etsy uses social media to create a community, or in other words a marketplace made up of different vendors, that can communicate and come together to support and help one another in order to sell their products. It is brilliant invention, which is why I think Etsy has really sky rocketed because as I said earlier, it is a place where I find EVERYTHING!!

Etsy has a wonderful approach on social media and marketing and I don’t necessarily think they need to change or do anything different. The online shops help promote one another’s businesses which really gets Etsy recognition. Etsy also has a very personal feel because you get to talk back and forth with the shop owners, get immediate and quick responses, and find just about anything you are looking for. Just recently, Etsy teamed up with Ex-Bachelorette and Interior Decorator Jillian Harris to do an Etsy collaboration. It housed all of Jillian’s favourite products and shops, which was a huge advertisement for them because she has over a million followers. The quality of Etsy’s interactions are top notch and I can say this personally because I have purchased numerous items on Etsy through different shops and have always received the highest quality of customer service, quick and informative responses, and have also received my products quickly as well! believe there approach is ethical and only getting better with time! 

Please feel free to comment below in the comments section, as I would love to hear your thoughts on Etsy and whether or not you think their approach is working. 

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

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Social media can be really beneficial in both your personal and work life. In your work life, it can help you network with others and get your name or brand recognition, which can help you flourish. In your personal life, social media can allow you to stay in touch and up to date with family members that may live far away, or high school friends you haven’t seen in a long time. As much as these are all pro’s, has it come too far? Are their also con’s to the chaos of social media because of how disconnected we are from others? Are we putting less work into things because all of our answers are readily available online without us having to do much research? I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are on this matter.

 Below I am going to discuss with you the pro’s and con’s of social media and if I have missed any, please feel free to comment some pro’s and con’s you have in the comments section below.

PRO’S

  • It is an easy way to communicate with other people and easily accessible.
  • Social media is a great place to network, build your brand and gain attention from viewers because of how many people use it. 
  • It is cost effective. Huge social media app’s such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube do not cost anything to sign up and use so it’s almost like free marketing. 
  • You receive feedback right away, which is great for business. 

CON’S

  • Social media can take up hours and hours of your time and can be very draining and distracting from the real world.
  • Privacy concerns. Once you post something it is out there for the world to see and even if you erase, chances are it can still be out there floating around online through the web.
  • Bullying, stalking, peer pressure and many other concerning matters are at a high risk when it comes to social media. 
  • Identity theft. People could steal your information, profile, and even your banking information. 

Below is a link to an article that weighs the advantages and disadvantages of social media. When I first came across this article, what stood out to me was the large picture of the scale that reads “Advantages” and “Disadvantages.” As you can see on the scale, advantages are higher than disadvantages which indicates to me that there are more pro’s than there are con’s. Do you agree with this ? Again, feel free to comment in the comments section, as I would love to hear your thoughts. 

As you can see, there are many pro’s and con’s to social media. I believe it is all in what we make of it. For example, being cautious with our personal information, only accepting friend request from people that we know, using privacy settings, monitoring our daily social media intake and ensuring we are not on it too much. Like any thing in our life, there are always pro’s and con’s but it is up to ourselves to decide if the bad outweighs the good and vice versa. 

Why are there so many pro’s and con’s to social media? https://bit.ly/2SvB2JC

How can social media work to our advantage and our disadvantage ? #socialmediabenefits https://bit.ly/2SvB2JC

COM0014- Blog #3- Finding Your Audience Just Like The Movie Theatre Franchise Did!

When it comes to blogging and your intended purpose, it is important to first think of the audience that you are attracting. Whether it be intended for men, women or children, it is important to first start off with a target audience in mind to ensure that your brand, blog or company is able to reach it’s audience and most importantly know who their audience is.

A personal hobby of mine that I thoroughly enjoy is a night out at the movie theatre, watching the latest flick with some buttery popcorn in hand. When I think of Cineplex Odeon, a huge movie theatre franchise, I think of the target audience in mind that they have in place, which is everyone. They cater to families, elderly people, adults, teenagers and young children. Every one is welcome because there is something for every single person. Of course, the movie genres cater to your own personal liking; however, their overall marketing strategy is to welcome all with open arms because they know tickets will sell fast because they are catering to all. I strongly believe that when your target audience is all age groups you can have great success because it attracts all people which is great for your brand because it gets you recognized and also shows that you are focusing on equality as well which is so important. Everyone wants to be treated equally so by having a target audience generalized to all, everyone feels included which is a win, win in my opinion!

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I believe there are many characteristics to consider in regards to the audience of the movie theatre franchise. For starters, location is very important. Movie theatres are all over nowadays and so convenient for people to get to so they are making it very appealing for people to just hop in their car and head on over for a date night at the movie theatre because of how many locations they have to offer. Another characteristic is age and gender, which they are also nailing because again, anyone can go to the movie theatres because of how inclusive their target audience is. Another characteristic that I believe is a work in process is the cost of going to the movies. Going to the movies with a family of four and including popcorn and drinks for every one is not cheap. However, on Tuesdays they offer half off your ticket and offer 10% off everything if you sign up for their free Scene Card, which gains points and can earn you free movies. I believe that is a characteristic they are consciously thinking about and working on so that they can provide affordability to all. 

The movie theatre franchise is constantly expanding, growing and gathering more and more tools for their toolbox. I believe they have a strong target audience with many ideas in mind to ensure they keep satisfying customers, like myself to keep on coming back! I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are on this matter. Are you an avid movie lover like myself? Do you find the movie theatre to be a place where everyone is included? Please feel free to comment in the comment section below as I would love to hear your thoughts!

COM0011 -Does Social Media Affect Our Relationships?

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Social media is right at the tip of our fingers. Any desire, thought, feeling, want or craving can be explored with just the click of a button. There is no work involved which is what makes it intriguing and highly addicting, but as social media advances does it start to affect the way that we communicate with our loved ones? Has it impacted our connection with others because we may no longer show affection through affirmations because it is easy to express our love through a couple emoji’s through text message? Most importantly, is it affecting our relationships? Are we not getting or giving enough to our loved ones because we are buried in our phones keeping up with the latest trends and instagram posts? I know it may seem like I am asking so many questions but I want you to think about the questions I’ve asked and really take a step back for a moment and think them through.

Social media is advancing quicker then we can keep up and offering more and more to its users to keep the appeal going. As it advances, is it taking time away from our loved ones? If the answer is no, then I will rephrase it and ask you, is social media capable of affecting our relationships? I’m curious if any of you have experienced this. I am the type of person that likes to communicate in person, verbally, and not through my cellphone because it makes me feel more connected to the person. I need to look the person in the eye and really pour my heart, feelings and thoughts out there as I find I don’t get the same if I was doing it through text or on the phone.

Do you find that you connect best with someone through: 

A. The phone

B. Through text

C. In person

Please feel free to comment a, b, or c in the comments section so I can get an idea as to how you best connect with someone.

Social media is a world that is inviting and exciting. It is a distraction to say the least and an escape from reality at times. I am guilty of spending time with my boyfriend and getting caught up on my phone scrolling through Instagram, trying to multi-task by scrolling through photos all awhile having a conversation with him about his day. It is something that I am trying to be more conscious and aware of because I don’t want him to feel as though I am not interested in his day or what he has to say. Do any of you feel like you can relate to this? Again, please feel free to comment in the comments section if you can relate to this and feel comfortable sharing! I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are on this post and reading your views on the social media world affecting our relationships.

Do you feel like social media is taking over your relationship? If the answer is yes, its time to re-assess this matter and see how you can make changes! https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/80245

How do you connect with your loved ones? Is it through a tweet, a text or a phone call? Share with us at #howdoyouconnectwithlovedones  

COM0014 – Blog #2: Storytelling & Communication Styles

When I think of storytelling, it instantly brings me back to my childhood days where I would sit in my room with my friends in a circle and share stories. We would laugh until our bellies hurt making up the most magical, unrealistic stories and sharing funny moments that happened to us at school or with our parents. It was an outlet for us and it still is for my adult self. Storytelling surrounds us everyday. When we have something exciting or life-altering that happens to us we tend to immediately share it with our family, friends or loved ones. In the grand scheme of things, life is made up of stories. Our stories are what help us to connect with others.

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This week’s lesson was insightful, interesting and informative because of how much storytelling has evolved. . We can chose to story tell through a blog like right now, through an Instagram post, a tweet, a Facebook status, and many more. I’m curious to hear from my followers what storytelling means to them and how they like to share their stories. Is it through a text message? A phone call? In person? For me, it is definitely in person. Please feel free to comment below in the comment section and don’t be shy! 

Lesson 2 also gave me more knowledge and insight into the various communication styles. I realize that I need to sharpen up my active voice style, as I tend to be more on the passive side. I would love to know what type of voice you have? Are you more on the passive or active voice side? 

As my blog posts progress, I hope to be able to draw my readers in so that they are excited for the rest of my upcoming posts because that is what storytelling is all about. Captivating your audience and keeping them intrigued so that they want to hear or read more of what you are trying to say.

Thanks for tuning in again everyone! Until next time 🙂

COM0014- My trip to PARADISE

Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for tuning into my blog. This week’s blog is about my last vacation to Paradise. Below, I will attach the video link where you can watch my video on Youtube! I will also add pictures of my last vacation on here so that you can really get a visual as to where I went!

Here are some pictures of my time with the majestic sea turtles and the swimming pigs!

This was a magical moment for me.
This little pig was camera ready!

Hanging out on Pig Island!

I look forward to hearing where your favourite vacation spots are! Feel free to ask me any questions that you have 🙂

Have a great day and enjoy!

-Kira Bozian