The Truth Behind Social Media…

 

Hey guys!

Last week there was so much commotion about young instagram model Essena Oneill who decided to “quit social media” because she said it was fake. I decided to let it play out before I commented anything.

There’s been a lot of opinion battling between Essena, her old friends, and people all over the internet. On one hand, I see a girl who began to value her real life through virtual life, and couldn’t tell the difference between the two – only feeling validated by her followers and her likes. On the other hand, I see a girl who may have seen the light and decided to empower everyone else along the way, warning people to not get “brainwashed”.

Here’s the thing.

Social media is not bad.

It is simply what you choose to make of it. It is POWERFUL. And with power comes a lot of responsibility. If you don’t know how to use influence with integrity, it can become a very dangerous thing. And not just for you…for everyone who follows you.

Also, if you REALIZE that Instagram is simply everyone’s portfolio…a photo album really, then you can see it for what it is. Don’t compare your real every day life to everyone else’s highlight reel. People share what they WANT to share.

I promise you that there is NOTHING fake about what I’ve been sharing with you guys online since I started uploading videos in 2009. Social media has opened so many doors for me which may never have happened in the traditional entertainment world because of my ethnicity and the way I look. So I owe a lot to social media and to YOU GUYS for letting the public speak for itself.

ANYWAY…I filmed and edited a new video on Instagram hacks and the truth behind social media for you guys! It’s half silly and half very real. I myself spend a good amount of time getting good Insta pics, so to not let knowledge go to waste, I wanted to share with you my techniques!

Please comment below what you think about social media. Is it good or bad in your opinion. And what’s your Instagram!??

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  • Awesome video, Cassey! Great advice for dealing with Instagram Envy! My IG name is: flecksoflex.

  • Charlotta

    Hi! Great and happy video! You have such an honest view in your posts :)

    My instagram: @charlottagronberg for healthy food photos and recipes.

  • Andrea

    I love you blogilates!
    I hope you can check me out, I would love you to, my insta username is @andiebeme??

  • I love Instagram because it’s so simple – if I like what someone posts about, I follow them and viceversa. Unlike my facebook account where I always get friends complaining about me posting about running too much :). I’m @pennyplainfit on all channels :)

  • This is such a great video!! Love it. Im over on instagram @Leonie_lo16

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Leah

    ?❤?Keeping things bright, positive and inspiring-check out @haeloo28 for workout outfit and fitness inspiration ?❤?

  • JenniferN

    Didn’t her friends call her out for this BS?

  • LOVE.LIFE.FIT

    amazing look on things Cassey! i believe there is so much judgement in the world – judgement for those who don’t have social media; judgement for those who don’t have many followers; AND judgement for those who have thousands of followers.
    at the end of the day, have healthy morals – love yourself and love your world – that’s all that matters xxxx
    i created an instagram to track my fitness progress – 20lbs down so far!
    @myskinnyspirit xx

  • sudha

    Hey cassey
    how ru…i am mother of two..One is 5 and other is 3..i was busy taking care of them no time to workout previously but now I am taking out time for my work out..although it’s not a regular work out..i have lower back problem I can’t work out as hard as u can how can I lose weight…oh and my weight is 73…i am 30yrs height is 5 ‘ 3 inch..Help me to lose my weight cassey
    And uhh I hate diet. Being an Indian it’s always hard to diet

  • Ann

    I love social media because I can make friends with people all over the world. I have had positive experiences with all of them except Facebook. I really should get rid of that! I love Insta though! I’m @anndroidgirl on there!

  • Helen

    Hi! This video is definitely helpful and I love the humor in it as well. Yes, social media is changing my life. For a while I was very worried because I was only thinking about what to post on Instagram. If I saw something pretty, I would think about Instagram. If I went somewhere, I would think about posting on Instagram. It was impacting my life in negative ways and making it really hard to connect with nature. But I have definitely been able to stop thinking like that! Now Instagram is fun, just like it should be. I try to post positive, bright photos to put a little more color in people’s lives! My Instagram is @helenlucija_ . You are such an inspiration to me!!! I am finally getting the body that I want and my confidence is just going up up up and up. I can not express how much you have changed my life and helped me be a better person. So incredibly thankful.

  • Nicole

    I got rid of Facebook because I felt like it was all negative and fake. I feel less anxiety in my life. I also don’t have that syndrome where “I feel like I’m always missing out” or “my life isn’t fun enough” I still have instagram. I follow more than just friends on instagram like fitness pages, celebrities. I don’t get the same negative feelings from instagram that I did from Facebook.

    http://www.thehealthparadox.net

  • jackie

    My IG is not really about fitness haha more about what I enjoy doing and just want to share that with people, for example, FOOD, nature, travel, etc etc
    It’d be really nice if you’d check my IG :)
    it’s accont is siusiii_8812 (triple ” i “s )

  • Kylee

    Hi Cassey!This is the second month (October & November) that I have not received my calendar workout? I’m already signed up for the newsletters and I receive the other updates from you. How can I start getting my calendar workouts again??

  • Kaylyn Velez-White

    My Instagram is: awakeninglifeandlove

    It is basically my inspiration board filled with inspirational quotes and pictures along with my insight about each image. I love to share my thoughts with others because I want to not only inspire others to become more positive and strong versions of themselves, but also to be a friend to them through my voice; to let them see my words and know that no matter what they are going through in life, they are not alone. So, feel free to follow me on Instagram; I would love to see you pics and messages as well. :)

  • Ruth

    Cassey – I love your sense of humor in this recent video presentation. All these years, you still stay true to who you are. I wasn’t sure if all the social media was beginning to change you, shift your direction, and re-direct your focus. I really appreciate your honesty to self and to your audience.

    Thanks so much for your positive influence.

  • Victoria

    I totally agree with you! I believe social media could be good or bad for you, depending on who you are and why you use it!
    And I think you use it to do very great things!
    Love from Sweden
    xx
    Victoria_ekelund

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  • hey there! Loved your video, your advice, and your positive attitude. Stay Inspiring and check me out on Instagram @allyjanecrazy. :)

  • Thanks for the photo tips! I’ve been strategizing on how to more effectively get my message out there via Instagram, so this is perfect timing! I’m on IG as @thegirlwiththetreetattoo.

  • Awesome video Cassey! I totally agree!! And thanks for tips :)

    My IG: lenina.matvijova

  • You choose what is more important to you. The image you give to the others or your own honesty.

    My instagram: @zoysifit

  • Rei

    Hello all :)

    I agree with the statement made that Social Media is how you make it out to be – if you don’t want people to be rude to you, then limit yourself with the posts that may generate that kind of reaction. We get to choose what we want to post, and that is why the option is there – thus you will have to accept whatever the reaction would be due to that. And of course, anywhere, there will always be etiquette. But thank you for sharing these thoughts, and of course for helping out all of us to be motivated every day.

    IG account: @ranarei – have a great weekend!

  • Amber

    I actually dont have a instagram, im a very private person and honestly my life isnt that interesting, im a stay at home mom so i dont really have anything intreseting to share and i wouldnt want to annoy anyone. I think social media is both, it depends on the person.

  • Susan D.

    The part where you mentioned comparisons reminded me of a saying I once heard that social media are people’s highlight reels, so don’t compare your blooper reel to someone’s highlight reel.

  • claudia louise

    we always have the power, the power to do or see things negatively or positively. But sometimes when we have continues bad experiences we get scared, we get traumatized despite of the saying that we get stronger, but we do get stronger. That is why we need to be brave enough to not fear the unknown, and mistakes that weve made should be learned. so enough of the blabber hihihihihihi bottomline in social media we should be smart or think about what we do, and we should always use it for motivation, inspiratiok and just pure positive energy sometimes gossip sure lol. but please we only have one life so we gotta live it to the fullest and just try to be happy! Love love!!!

    • claudia louise

      oh yeahhh and my instagram is @clouisepancho

  • My instagram is @thefitty :)

    And I think social media is good! You just have to learn how to filtrate perception of yourself and of others. Do it smart and you’ll find it very helpful.

  • lauren

    I love you Cassey

  • Panda

    I am just now starting the beginners Pop Pilates! So excited. Cassey, I love everything about your blog. Can’t wait to dive deeper. Also, where did you get that sweater? It’s absolutely fabulous! :) Have an amazing day.

  • Natasha

    hi cassey
    sorry this is a bit out of context…
    i want to talk about face fat!
    i generally have a good healthy body, i follow your wo calender, eat healthy.
    my body responds well to exercise but its my face that’s bothered me most .
    its round, its chubby and very very stubborn! its the first to gain and last to loose.
    to reduce its vast surface area , i’ve had to, in the past, resort to starving myself, which obviously is not healthy for the rest of me.
    i was wondering if you have any tips to help with my lemon on a stick!

    • Jolene

      I have the same problem and realized it gets worse when I eat/drink certain things. I think your genes have a lot to do with it and you can’t do anything about that but for me I noticed changing my diet helps. Obviously things like alcohol puff me up but even some healthy foods give me puffy face. Things like broccoli and brussel sprouts, bread (whole wheat/whole grain, all of it,) cheese, puff my face. I started making a note of when I felt my face was puffiest and what I had eaten in the last 24 hours and temporarily eliminating them to check for change. Also, when I indulge in say pizza or beer I notice I am puffier longer than from say broccoli. Sorry this got long, just something to think about. :-) Anyway, of course it’s important to remember that you are probably the only one who feels that way, I’m sure everyone else things your face is lovely so don’t be too hard on yourself! And definitely don’t starve. Why hurt your whole body to make your face happy? Good luck!

      • Natasha

        thanks for replying Jolene
        you’re right! i do feel more puffed up on some days than others …..
        hmmm i’ll try and see what i put in my face on my ‘fat days’ !
        i am on a mission!

  • “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. Shakespeare

    Like pretty much anything in life, social media can be used for the good, the bad, the ugly. Most of the time it’s up to us how we use, but again, like anything in life, there are bad people (cyber bullying or worse) out there.

    Of course I’m not making my living from it either . . .

    @chocolaterunsjudy (of course) on IG

  • florence

    My IG is flo_maiko, i post on Instagram for me, and i’m proud of showing what ia can do in yoga, dance, and other stuffs. i think we are mayber the same because we like to show each other on the web, but we are intelligent to make the difference between the good and the bad web ;-)

  • Algrace

    My instagram is ___Gra_cie___

    • Algrace

      It’s actually @_G_r_a_cie_

  • My Instagram is @superfitbabe! I think that social media is one of those things that you can either use to your great advantage or your worst disadvantage. I personally had so much positive experience with social media and a little negatives because of body comparison, some negative people, etc. BUT it is up to you as to whether or not you let social media consume you! What I do is delete Instagram off my phone every other day so I don’t bother to look at it, and then I post something the next day! Perfect schedule and way to moderately detox yourself from social media!

  • Monet

    I think social media like all things can be a bad thing if you cannot have balance. It definitely can connect a lot of people from different places and gives people a platform who usually wouldn’t have as you mentioned but if people mistake instagram and the like for real life then it can be depressing. People should always remember that social media is just one part of life and not the whole story but it can be a lot of fun and do a lot of good as well. My instagram is diamondaydreamer, I mostly use it as a place to document my progress in nail art and makeup as both are my hobby and it’s just nice to connect with people who have the same interests.

  • Bunny

    IG: Bunny_pop_ster
    I only use social media in a limited way because of personal safety issues. Social media is an amazing avenue to spread the good vibes and positive information. Like so much in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

  • Samantha

    Totally agree. I have found my new fitness IG (sammyrae.fit) to be so inspiring – I love following real people working hard and showing progress. I have been so motivated on a daily basis to get my butt moving!!

    • Pluiehivernale

      Hey Sammy! I totally agree with you ;-)

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  • Hanna-marie

    My Instagram is hannamariegazso
    I believe that social media is totally fine, as long as people approach it with the understanding that we are all unique. We all lead different lives. Likewise, we all share different gifts, talents, and tastes. A lot of girls are pressured by social media believing that they should look a certain way to be beautiful. When in fact, they are beautiful, because they are unique.

  • emma leonardi

    I love you girly. My Instagram is missemmaleonardi, I’d love for you to see it, if ya want! Xxxx

  • Xoey

    I definitely agree with you! Instagram has helped me find people all-around the world who also enjoyed popilates: I became friends with so many positive people who brighten my day not because of the number of likes they gave me but because of their own happy positive energy when they post their progress and fitness journey updates. Social media makes me realize that we popsters are in this together.
    Cassie you changed my whole view on working out and I am now happier than ever so thanks for everything. Keep being awesome everyone!
    If you want to connect, add me on Insta: @mx_pop
    XOX