Here via WordPress, I follow many blogs. I read blogs by young women who review books, older people working through grief, parents of autistic children, crafters, men who review movies, travelers, and people dealing with physical disabilities.
It helps me see that we are so varied and wonderful! It also helps me see that we all deal with adversity, and we are doing the best we can in this life ❤️
On Instagram, I am only suggested pretty people, rich people… Models and celebrity and this and that. And I got to wondering…
Why don’t I ever see anyone in a wheelchair? Or just normal-looking, average-income people just sharing life? Why is it that, unless the disability is highlighted and has gone viral somehow, I never see anyone dealing with any adversity? Why is every profile suggested highly polished and trying to sell me something?
Other social media has been caught hiding users based on disability and weight*, so maybe Instagram is the same? There’s no way for me to know, and that’s the reason I deleted my account there. This blog is my only social media.
And with new stickers such as the MUTE WHITE PEOPLE sticker**, I know that Instagram is not the place for me. You see, I don’t pick and choose my flavor of racism ~ I dislike ALL racism, no matter who it is against, end of story. Racism = bad. There’s nothing for me to discuss, and I’m sad to see trendy new racism.
So, there’s something strange going on with social media. I remember back in the 2000’s fun websites, with forums, and clubs, and chat rooms. It was normal everyday people, not just celebrity or the super-rich. They were very creative too! Just people wanting to chat and share with other strangers who eventually became friends 🙂 I miss those days.
There are articles at the bottom of the page about things I mentioned here. Also, I’m glad to be interacting with you, a normal, non-celebrity person living life! I like you very much 🙂
What are your thoughts on this? Have you noticed anything off about social media?
안녕! Bye! Ciao! 🦋
* Here’s one article about users being suppressed, with a very lame excuse that punishes users instead of just deleting bullies. The site hid people, and I quote straight from the article, “with facial disfigurement, autism, Down syndrome, and “Disabled people or people with some facial problems such as birthmark, slight squint and etc.”
** At least Instagram removed the sticker, as told in this article, but the harm is already done. I do not want to be part of any racist social media.