Star Fakes Going to Coachella to Prove the Internet is a Lie

@gabbie.hanna

The internet is fake. And the YouTube star Gabbie Hanna – who has over 6.5 million followers – is trying to showcase that in her recent stunt “I Faked Going to Coachella.”

If you want to watch the full length video of her antics, go here.

Anyways, this influencer wanted to show people how easy it is to create photoshopped footage on social media. Her friend who shoots photography for a living, helped her doctor all of the photos they shot at a neighborhood park and her friend’s home. They were hours away from the event, and people still believed it. They even printed out fake wristbands for her to wear in case people noticed her empty wrists.

After sharing on Instagram for several days over the last weekend of the festival, she posted her video on YouTube telling everyone about her prank.

Looks and appearances are important when it comes to branding and your social presence. But for an average viewer watching and aspiring for these things, just know that these “things” aren’t as attainable as they seem…and so much of this is just photo manipulation. Social media is just a very curated and manipulated version of reality. Don’t base your life off of the few posts you see from your favorite influencer living this amazing glamorous life because the whole time I was “at Coachella” I was really just mostly sitting in this editing chair at home.

Gabbie Hanna

Taking a Break

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@be.mindly

This week is spring break for me. I have not discerned how long I will be taking a cleanse/pause from technology, but for the next few days, I am making it my goal to avoid the internet and social media.

My hope is that the time I normally spend scrolling online, will be spent reading and exploring other avenues of thought or experience.

I hope the next few days are relaxing for everyone else as well. Au revoir until we meet again! (Aka, Wednesday or Thursday)

Romance in the Age of Connection

I recently became single. I broke up with my boyfriend approximately 3 months ago. It’s taken me time to dissect a few things, and I wanted to journal about my thoughts on what happened.

He was a wonderful guy, and our time together taught me a great deal about expectations, my worth, and how I want to live the rest of my life. We ended on fairly good terms, and I was ready to be by myself. I won’t go into details for both of our privacies, but what I want to comment on how technology seems to be infiltrating the most intimate parts and relationships of our lives.

@daniellechanette

Social media, texting, and instant connection to every part of the world has inundated us with information. We feel as if we could really be everywhere at once. Yet it turns out, we’re never actually where we physically are. In my experiment with slowly axing off social media accounts, I’ve found that I actually a) haven’t died and b) live a perfectly content and connected life.

In this day and age, we joke about “If you didn’t Instagram/Snapchat/Tweet/Facebook post it, did it actually happen??!” And the truth is, yes. Things happen to and around us 24/7. If I don’t post a bagel picture during breakfast, that breakfast continues to happen, tastes just as it did before the picture, and will not be any more ~special~ since the few likes or views. In fact, it might even be a little colder and less appetizing since it took me a few shots (and several minutes) to get the perfect one.

Now, my gripe with technology isn’t necessarily about the technology itself. It ends up being the usage by people that really grinds my gears. Back to my most recent boyfriend (and the one before that too). They would sit across from me at a restaurant and be completely absorbed in their phone. It was as if I were eating alone, or sharing a meal with a brick wall. To me, technology has taken over our worth. If I’m not liking this, will my friend still talk to me? If I’m not posting, will people know how much I travel? If I’m not doing _______, will ______ happen? And I’m here to tell you…everything will be fine. In fact, I find myself having more meaningful and connected interactions now than ever before. I go out of my way to call someone to see how they’re doing; friends invite me to hang out in person instead of texting all night; I enjoy meals and events (little or big) without wishing I was somewhere else.

You don’t need to take pictures of everything. You don’t have to proclaim your love on Facebook every single day. You don’t need followers, likes, reactions, etc. to make your life meaningful. Relationships, romantic or not, should not be encapsulated in technology. They should be shared through conversation, hugs, kisses, and time well spent together. I am not trying to preach, but rather tell you…that pressure — I couldn’t quite figure out where it was coming from exactly, but it is definitely there — is all a facade. I hope other people out there realize there is much more to being someone’s significant other than a relationship status. I’m trying to find that eventually. And I hope you do too.