Whilst I used to be very sceptical of the latest social media phenomenons and have almost
completely avoided TikTok, Be Real is certainly something I’ve got on board with. For all
it’s pros and cons which I’ll delve into later, the concept of having two minutes a day to “be
real” is pretty cool. There’s no denying the fact that with apps such as Instagram, we have
certainly lost any concept of authenticity. For most people, myself included, it’s a way to
showcase your highlights, but it’s to forget that not everything is shiny bells and whistles.
The concept of Be Real, is a push to “break down social media’s obsession with
perfectionism” because you should only post when it’s time to be real – if you’re late, your
followers can see how late you are and therefore how real you are too.
We’re all guilty of it and it’s only normal to prefer to post something exciting, than a photo of
you rewatching Benidorm in bed. And that’s the catch – being real isn’t always exciting, just
like life isn’t always exciting. A lot of the things we spend our time doing, are mundane, like
brushing our teeth or doing laundry. If the notification comes up at 10am, most people will be
sat in their bedrooms or a coffee shop, working away on their laptops. Perhaps that’s one of
the things Be Real is good for, it’s a reminder that nobody is living their best life all the time.
But is it a double-edged sword? With the rise of Be Real, is there now an increased pressure
to be seemingly living your best life at all times? For me, I don’t feel a particular pressure on
a daily basis, if I’m wallowing in my bed after a night out, that’s probably how I’m going to
spend most of my day, but if I know I’m doing something interesting later on, it can be
difficult to resist the urge of waiting until it’s more impressive.
Some people are questioning whether Be Real is a positive move in the direction of social
media or whether it’s not such a good idea, but I will hold my hands up and admit that I think
it’s a really good idea and I’m very impressed by the concept of it. We have to make more
moves forward in dismantling the very intense pressure to be perfect, that has boomed with
the rise of social media and accept the fact, that we are all normal and real people who do
real, mundane things. Also, it’s almost impossible to always be looking your most beautiful
every time the notification pops up, which is a nice reminder that no one is perfect. However,
at the same time, I do understand why some people have formed the opinion that it’s not
necessarily a smart move, because it can be an increased pressure to appear as perfect and as
more and more people begin to use it, will this pressure intensify? Potentially, yes.
I’d argue Be Real was released at the right time, because, at least within my circle of friends,
people are becoming more and more frustrated and fed up with the likes of Instagram and
how normality can often be portrayed as boring, and how unless you’re dressed up to the
nines you feel ugly. Countless of my friends, will bat away any compliment of how nice they
look if they’re bare faced. And why? Why do we feel so worthless for being real?
So, it’s time to Be Real. It’s time to embrace being normal. It’s time to reclaim the mundanity
of life. Despite the fact of whether it remains successful, I think the idea is there and the more
we’re reminded of the fact that being real is okay, the better off we’ll be.
– Maggie John
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