20 Real-Life Stories From Friends Of Social Media Influencers
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Is being an influencer a job? Many consider those that flaunt glamorous lifestyles while posting copy-pasted motivation quotes unrelated to the selfies to be entitled jobless individuals at worst and lucky people. Some consider they are talented at grabbing whatever opportunities that presented themselves in front of them.
But, for sure, those who watched these influencers in person can show a deeper insight into what life is like for them. Most people only want to know if they are the same people on the inside. Yet, these stories really add nuances and details that might change our views on their ‘jobs’ a little differently.
Fake, staged, annoying, nothing is unfiltered – sounds very much like acting and modeling, right?
Author Leigh Stein likened this Instagram culture of worshipping an influencer to religions. Although over a fifth of millennials calling themselves religious ‘nones,’ influencers have replaced that.
“Women like Ms. Doyle, who offer nones like us permission, validation, and community on demand at a time when it’s nearly impossible to share communion in person. We don’t even have to put down our phones,” the satire book ‘Self-Care’ author wrote, referring to Glenn Doyle, author of ‘Untamed.’
Despite the widespread opinions that influencers ‘really need a job,’ Stein continued, “The size of their devoted, ecstatic, largely female following shows how many American women are desperate for good vibes, coping skills for modern life, and proactive steps to combat injustice and inequality.”
The Instagram algorithm is continuously changing nowadays to improve engagement and quality content. Influencers who are obsessed over like counts will be able to escape as Instagram is looking to remove this in the future. The notion has started years ago and is being slowly rolled out.
Village Marketing founder Vickie Segar explains how this can be beneficial, “If you want to understand their influence, you have to look at the metrics..”