Vicky Pattison admits social media leaves her feeling 'depressed'

Vicky Pattison admits social media leaves her feeling ‘deflated, inferior, down and depressed’… as she vows to improve mental health awareness with her online presence

Vicky Pattison shared a candid and impassioned post about the impact social media has on mental health on Wednesday. 

The former Geordie Shore star, 31, confessed that Instagram often makes her feel ‘deflated, inferior, down and depressed’ as she urged her followers to mirror her behaviour and help make the Internet a better place.  

To accompany her post, the star shared a duo of snaps – one from the red carpet at the Pride of Britain Awards last month and then an image from the next morning in which she went make-up free, to help highlight the ‘Instagram vs. Reality’ element. 

Open and honest: Vicky Pattison shared a candid and impassioned post about the impact social media has on mental health on Wednesday

Her lengthy post read: ‘Unpopular Opinion: I think social media has absolutely destroyed our generations ability to be truly happy…

‘We’re always seeing someone else who we think has it better than us and it makes us feel like what we have isn’t enough…

‘This statement is of course a sweeping generalisation and by no means applies to everyone and all social media- but do you agree on some level?! Can you see where I’m coming from?…

Put it this way: Have you ever gone on Instagram and after a few minutes of absent minded scrolling put your phone down feeling deflated?! Inferior? Down? Upset? Depressed? Like you weren’t as good as the glossy images of perfection that stared back at you?! Well I have…

Candid: The former Geordie Shore star, 31, confessed that Instagram often makes her feel ‘deflated, inferior, down and depressed’ as she urged her followers to mirror her behaviour and help make the Internet a better place

Lengthy: She was voicing her woes in the lengthy post

‘And I think it’s a shame. A real waste of what could be an international support system of people motivating each other, inspiring one another, empowering change and success in others through their honest accounts of their lives and journeys.

‘I intend to be the change I want to see on social media and encourage everyone to do the same. Before you put up your next post, ask yourself these questions: – is it kind?! – is it true?

‘- is it necessary? does it improve upon the silence? (Btw, I try to apply these rules to when I speak aswell but sometimes my mouth gets away from me! But I’m working on it!!)…

‘Too often, in today’s world Instagram is awash with ostentatious shows of wealth, unrealistic images of perfection, filtered pictures created to hide insecurities… 

Candid: Vicky often uses social media to shine a light on issues surrounding young people and says that she is determined to give an honest portrayal online

‘I implore everyone to show their truth, their vulnerability, their authentic selves because by doing so you’re encouraging others to do the same- you’re telling people that it’s ok to not be perfect, to struggle sometimes, to feel pain, to not be ok… 

‘You’re opening a beautiful dialogue to improving mental health and that to me, seems like a pretty special thing to be a part of.

‘So this is me, showing you a little glimpse behind the glamour… my silly truth before the pride of Britain the other week Sending lots of love and positivity to anyone reading this. You are beautiful, you are worthy, you are more than a Valencia filter, you are enough’.

Vicky often uses social media to shine a light on issues surrounding young people and says that she is determined to give an honest portrayal online. 

 

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