Extract of said diary. It's pretty tragic.
The world seems a million miles away now from what it was back then thanks to the introduction of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you'd be hard-pushed to find a teenager who isn't on at least one of the three. The influence celebrities have on their young, naive minds is incredible. Kylie Jenner is a role model. People are fighting tooth-and-nail to get their hands on her range of lip-glosses. Young girls are watching her snapchat videos where she is flaunting her surgically-enhanced body, large house, flashy cars, ridiculously expensive clothes and shoes and think it's exactly the life they should be living. Kim K posts giant ass selfies like it's the norm. Chrissy Teigen poses naked on an armchair with her Husband's face protecting (some of) her modesty and posts it to her Instagram and we seem so baffled that kids as young as twelve think it's acceptable to be sending nude pictures to others. Little Mix are becoming more and more sexualised as their careers go on. Their latest song "Shoutout to my Ex" includes lyrics such as "I hope she gettin' better sex. Hope she aint faking it like I did Babe." All they sing about is men and shitty sex. I'm not a prude in the slightest but fucking hell no wonder teens place a hell of alot of emphasis on their relationships nowadays! I get it SEX SELLS, but what impact is this having on the younger generation who are so heavily influenced by media presence?
This is highlighted by a story that came out a few years ago. The teenage girl who posted a picture of herself posing next to her dead Grandma in a hospital bed, lips pouted, captioned with something like "You're the best Grandma ever, so sad that you're gone." There was outrage, people were saying "oh she's not actually dead she obviously took the picture when she was alive and posted it after she's died" like it justifies it. Since when did it become normal to:
A) Take selfies with people as they are dying when they are at their most vulnerable and deserve some dignity.
B)Post the picture on social media when you should be mourning because you are craving empty vessel comments like "so sorry" and "she would have been so proud."
Let me be clear. I am not for one second pigeon-holing all teenagers into this 'celebrity-obsessed, Facebook addicted, crop-top wearing, narcissistic little twerp' category. I'm also not saying that those who slot into this category are completely to blame. The pressures society and the media force on these young impressionable beings is enormous! Do I believe parents should do more to monitor and try to prevent the exposure? Yes! Do I think the media have more of an influence over children than their parents do? Absolutely!
Technology is only going to advance, media influence is only going to greaten, so what will become of our children?We can't predict the future, all we can do is protect. I want my Daughter to hold on to her childhood for as long as she can. Hold on to her ever-blossoming imagination, her innocence, her wonderful sense of humour and her curious nature. I also want her to be fiercely independent and street-smart and above all, kind-hearted and empathetic.
The Kitschy Mumma