We have many different influences in life, it could be faith/religion, close circle of friends or the media. Influence comes in many ways, shapes and forms and can be both positive and negative. There are many different things in life that have an influence on who you are and how you choose to behave and think. We also [sometimes without knowing it] have influence on others, our actions and words have influence on almost everyone we come into contact with. Originally I wanted to write this post about social media influencers, but thought lets go a step further and discuss influence as the big picture.
I’m really looking forward to reading your thoughts on this topic, as I’m sure there will be many different perspectives on this!
WHAT INFLUENCES ME?
It’s quite hard to pin point specific things that I know influence me, but to name a couple I would for sure have to say my parents and my family. Parents have one of the biggest influences on their kids, which makes sense because they are the ones raising them.
As I have gotten older though, I have become more self aware and have taken on alot of my own belief systems. Often times you find that children take on their parents belief systems and ways of wrong and right. Which can be a scary thing if the parents beliefs are negative ones.
Another thing I would say that influences me would be my faith. Alot of things I choose to do are based around what I believe. I wouldn’t say that I am fully influenced by it though, more that I’m aware but can still actively make my own decisions when it comes down to it.
DO YOU THINK WE ARE OFTEN OVER INFLUENCED?
I personally think that the whole world is full of things made to influence us. We are made to feel as though we need wrinkle cream when were getting older because wrinkles aren’t accepted by society. We’re made to feel as though we need to lose weight to be deemed beautiful. There are so many things that influence us into believing we aren’t good enough. When in fact we are.
We are also influenced by everything else around us, like the time of year. At Christmas we are influenced into needing to buy gifts for our families. And at easter we are influenced into eating and buying as much chocolate as we can. Alot of this comes from the media, and their ability to warp and change the way our brains work.
It’s quite scary if you think about it.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS
Where do I even begin? If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me talking about the word ‘influencer’ on my story. I really don’t know how I feel about being labelled an influencer. I don’t ever want to be given that title. To me, influencer [when referring to a social media influencer] has negative connotations to it. To me they are people who promote products they’ve never used, who are just out to try and make a money. And are just generally fake people.
I’m not sure why I have this perception, as I know alot of social media influencers are genuine and lovely people. But the word itself when its associated with social media doesn’t sit right with me.