Anna Brimacombe, 20, Model

@annabrimma

Do you think kids these days are getting dumber or smarter?

 I guess it totally depends on the child but I would like to think that they are getting more intelligent due to information being so easily accessible, thanks to the Internet. It's crazy how everything is so instant now.
 

What are your thoughts on Instagram famous people? Are they a fad or are they here to stay?

As long as these individuals are using their influence and voice in a positive and inspirational way then I see no problem with it. Good for them to be honest. I can imagine it comes with a lot of perks and opportunities. They are here to stay as social media is such a powerful tool in today's society and I don't see that stopping anytime soon.

 

How many hours a day would you say you spend on social media?

I use it more than I'd like to admit haha. I'm trying to cut down but it's just so easy and quick. It doesn't help that notifications are constantly popping up throughout the day. It's easy to forget how much time can be wasted on it as it can be such a good distraction. I find Instagram especially  inspiring when it comes to people's style.

 

What are the pro’s and cons of this current internet age?

 Pro's:

Everyone with wifi can have a voice.
People can appreciate you for being yourself and what you do.
Keep in touch with family & friends almost instantly.
Can find out information and book holidays in a minute haha.
Google maps is a lifesaver.

Cons:

Cyber bulling.
Comparing yourself to others.
Can interfere with friendships and relationships along.
People focusing more on looks than substance.
Real human interaction can decrease.

 

Recent studies show that social media is a contributing factor to increasing anxiety and depression amongst adults, what are your thoughts on this?

It's very sad to hear that's it's actually reached that point. It's important to remember that people mainly post the positive aspects and experiences in their life online anyway. One persons life and beauty doesn't detract from your own. Everyone is amazingly unique and beautiful, it's a shame when people can't see that themselves. It's so easy to get sucked into constantly checking apps but no amount of likes and comments can make up for real face to face human interaction and conversation. That connection can't be filled by filling that void with social media. Social media should be a nice side dish not your whole life, like really it's not that deep. At the end of the day it's just pictures, numbers and text on a screen that could be gone at any minute. It's out of our control really. 

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