Solenn Heussaff is one of the most followed celebrities on Instagram with over four million followers.
With her strong following, the Kapuso actress admitted to growing tired of the increasingly toxic nature of social media.
Why is that so?
Back in December, Solenn wrote a thought piece about the deceiving nature of the hashtag #IWokeUpLikeThis on her blog.
She wrote, “I personally like to use it when I’m wearing a weave in my hair and like two layers of contour on my face, but sometimes, people use it to show perfection that’s actually so far from reality.
“And that’s when it becomes unhealthy.”
She noticed that some people have been making social media as their “number one thing to affirm themselves or to gain confidence,” but that shouldn’t be the case.
Solenn continued in her post, “[Social media] becomes a dangerous drug—Toxic and addictive.
"Think about it: why do we have to be super flawless when we’re about to post a #selfie?
“Why do the number of likes on a photo change our mood?
“Why do we get affected by comments of people we will never even meet?
“Why are we always chasing #goals that are dependent on what other people think or have say about us?
“I’m proud to be a member of the social media generation. We have great taste, we know what we want, we all have so many talents going on for each of us.
“But admittedly, as someone who is part of this generation, we’re also the kids who are so hard on ourselves… I wish we could make more room for us to make mistakes, to fail, to feel pain.
“We are human, after all.”
REAL PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA. When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) met up with Solenn at Mark Nicdao’s photo exhibit last January 22, we asked what prompted her to write the post.
The 32-year-old social media influencer revealed that it all began when she read articles on suicide.
“It initially came from all the India suicides I’ve been reading over Christmas. Most of them were people under the age of 25. So I was just asking myself… when you are young, what really are your ‘real’ problems?”
Solenn believed that social media was partly to blame for society’s growing concerns over suicide and depression among youth.
She pointed out, “You’re always comparing yourself to other people [on Instagram]. Even me sometimes, I find myself comparing.
“I know I’m very lucky with what I have, and I know that I’ll always be working, I’ll always be finding something to do…
"But every time I go to Instagram, and I’m at home not working, I get a bit depressed because I see someone traveling here and there.”
Solenn then reminded people that social media shouldn’t control the overall perception about reality.
The actress/blogger underlined, “[It’s] so easy to post a happy face. You never know what happened, how the person’s feeling…
“At the end of the day, every thing you read online is always edited, always curated.
“Pictures can tell a million lies.”
INSTAGRAM YOU VERSUS REAL YOU. On Solenn’s blog post, the Kapuso star asked her followers to “make a pact.”
She wrote, “Let’s stop comparing.
“Stop obsessing about what other people think, stop trying to be perfect.
“Focus on the real you, not the Instagram you.
“Focus on reality, not the filters.
“If you are all about trying to please everyone around you and living the perfect life, then you are not living.
“Life cannot be edited…
“The very best version of you is the one who is true to herself. No matter how crazy and messy that gets.”