With no limitations to what one can write as a caption on Instagram or blog on a website, a choice comes into play. As people create their photos and write their captions, they have to decide if they are going to create a positivity-driven post or a post where feelings could get hurt and self-images damaged.
This is a task that Annette Marchewka, Arizona State University communications student, Instagram influencer and College Fashionista style blogger, has mastered.
Given the choice to be a positive influence or a negative one in social media, she chooses positivity every time through uplifting captions and meaningful photos on her social media accounts.
I was able to ask her a series of questions regarding this topic.
Q: When did you start your social media accounts?
A: I started my Instagram in 2014, Twitter in 2011 and Facebook I think in 2009.
Q: What is one of your favorite social platforms?
A: I like twitter because it’s easy for people to get a certain situation viral and talked about because it can be shared so quickly all over the world. Lately I have been seeing a lot of negative posts on Twitter. It’s easy to fall into a certain view of something just because you’ve read about it from someone’s tweet, but that can both be positive and negative depending on how your views differ from someone else’s.
Q: What is your favorite part about sharing certain parts of your life on social media?
A: My favorite part is sharing my writing because I want to write a book with my poetry in it and a lot of people react positively to it, so it encourages me to keep writing.
Q: What are some guidelines you think are important to be a positive influence on social media and make others feel good when viewing your content?
A: I never post anything that will offend anybody. I think everything that I post through because it is easy to post without thinking about others’ opinions or really thinking something through and that can lead to somebody getting offended by what I post which is the last thing I want.
Q: What are some tips you have for keeping your social media uplifting?
A: Some tips I have for keeping my social media uplifting is posting positive quotes or captions because I always read uplifting things online, so I try to do that too to make other people feel good about themselves or their day. I also try not to post about when I am having a bad day because that puts negativity onto myself and whoever is reading it. I try and keep it all positive.
Q: How do you think social media can affect someone’s body image either negatively or positively?
A: I think social media can definitely affect someone negatively or positively. A Lot of people look up to their favorite celebrities for makeup and fashion but fail to realize that almost every celebrity uses Facetune or Photoshop. It’s important to remember that just because a certain celebrity looks a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to change the way you look in order to have the face or the body that they have. This can lead to people not feeling great in their skin, so you have to remember that what you see online isn’t always the same as what you see in person.
Q: If you had to give advice to someone who wants to be a positive role model on social media, what would you say?
A: I would say to just spread love, positivity and awareness towards themselves, friends and family. I think we need a lot more people who are willing to share positivity instead of negativity because a lot of people are negative online just for the favorites, retweets and likes. I would also say to not join in to any drama or bullying online.
Q: Thank you so much for your time.
A: No problem, I love talking about social media.