Hello and welcome back to TMO! As I discussed in last week’s post, social media has a profound impact on mental health. In this week’s post, I want to focus on the rise of social media influencers, and the impact they have had on mental health.

The impact and pressure for ‘perfection’ is everywhere. Apps to nip and tuck our appearance, apps to get more followers and likes. People will go to extremes to be popular and the envy of others. Whilst usually inside they’re struggling.

How are you feeling? – not a question many of us actually answer honestly and more and more people want to know why.

Social media is awash with unattainable bodies and lives – so much so, even the people posting it can’t achieve it either. The gap between reality and social media is ever growing, and it is something that more people are coming to realise.

As well as the growth of social media, there has also become the growth of something a bit more sinister. Mental health issues. In this blog post I want to explore the digital impact on our mental health and how social media plays a role in the mental health crisis our world is facing.

*TRIGGER WARNING* If you are of a nervous disposition and cannot stand to listen to any more talk of Brexit or Donald Trump. This blog post is NOT for you*

Welcome back! I hope you’ve had a great break, and are excited for the year ahead!! What better way to start the new year than talk about 2 of the most popular topics of conversation: Brexit and Donald Trump. If you thought you had seen the back of these, you were most certainly wrong.  Let’s start 2019 as we mean to go on, as it doesn’t look like either of these things are going anywhere, for the near future at least.

Before we continue, ask yourself this. Has social media influenced your voting behaviour? Has it changed your opinion of a politician?

Welcome to the first ‘That’s My Opinion’ blog post! Over the next 5 weeks, I am excited to explore the digital impact on public opinions with you!  This week I want to ask…

Does social media change the way we think and form opinions? Does it make us question what we think we know?

The digital age has given the world a platform to express their opinions and thoughts on topics. Such as global affairs and topics in relevant in contemporary culture.

Through blogging platforms, normal people like us, have been able to reach new audiences far and wide.  Something that previous generations have never been able to do. Everyday people have been plucked from obscurity and been elevated to new heights and become ‘digital celebrities’ or ‘vloggers.’ Oxford dictionary online even added ‘Vlogger’ to its site.