MY SAY: Deleting the awful truth about online Instafame
IS IT just me or does everyone think Matthew is right, "if thy hand or thy foot offends thee - cut them off"?
Coolum Beach teenager Essena O'Neill is enduring her fifteen minutes of fame.
Insta-famous 18-year-old Essena dramatically withdrew from social media this week, tearfully confessing her online profile is not real.
Essena has now started her own website, where she reveals the truth behind photos posted in the past five years, which photos she was paid to post and when she took more than a hundred shots or yelled at her sister before being happy with how her tummy or pout looked.
A lot of commentators, especially those who make their living from the internet, have reacted with outrage.
I don't blame anyone for defending their workplace, it goes with the territory for me but the social media self-destruction of an 18-year-old is not sport and we shouldn't be selling tickets.
But I do want to go into bat for social media.
People love to bag it, "I'm taking a break, sick of the negativity".
In social situations I hear similar hand wringing, "I hate Facebook, I never post a thing".
I never say it out loud but my internal eye is rolling. If it offends you, cut it off.
Social media is not negative or stressful for me. I recently deleted Facebook from my phone, not because it upsets me but because I like it too much.
I love being in touch with people I haven't seen for years, I love funny jokes and videos, I like celebrating the achievements of other peoples' children and I really, REALLY love seeing your holiday snaps.
I'm not even kidding.
On Instagram, I follow quite a few accounts like Essena's, mostly because I like looking at homewares I can't afford.
Because I'm not an idiot, I know the mummy blogger's house is not always that tidy and I never feel bad about the crap in my own living room.
If I ever upload a photo of my house, trust me, I go full interior design pro.
Don't expect my house to look that good if you turn up unannounced.
As for teenagers, I can't think of one thing they don't need their parents for.
From what they eat to how long they sleep, who they hang out with, what they wear and how they deal with others.
Social media is no different.
If you have concerns about your child's use of, or response to, social media, you need to help them with that. It's your job not, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's.
Parents should participate in every social media platform their children do.
Be there to explain lounge rooms are not that clean, tummies are not that flat, holidays are not that breezy and families are never that perfect.
And trolls are real, never ever feed them.
No matter how old you are, never forget who is in charge.
And, manage your accounts to only show the stuff you love, never ever count your "likes" and if social media still offends you, cut it off.