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The Power of Social Media

Social media influencers impact viewers of all ages

Social media has taken the world by storm. High schoolers are being exposed to unlimited opportunities available through social media, whether good or bad. High school students spend a lot of time on their phones, and when any social media platform is right at their fingertips, it can be hard not to “keep up with the trends.”
Influencing encourages and persuades others to adopt or support another’s personal ideas. When people claim to be social media influencers, they are making it their job to promote certain products, ideas, and other influencers to their followers online.
“I think they’re just doing what they enjoy doing, and we just find it entertaining because they are just being themselves,” sophomore Mia Grimaldo said.
Being an influencer is considered an actual job instead of a hobby. In the past, being an influencer was not considered a sustainable career, considering that there were fewer ways to make money off of it. Now, some are making six figures and have more money-making opportunities. They can promote products to get money from sponsorships, and different social media platforms even pay people to use their websites as well.
Many influencers use marketing as a form of income, but when influencers get lazy, they do not always try the product yet still falsely advertise. A tanning company asked beauty influencer Mikayla Nogueira to promote their product. When she obliged, they expected to receive many sales. They discovered that she did not actually use their product and falsely promoted them on the internet. Many of these lies can include editing photos or distorting their morning routines.
By editing photos, influencers alter their appearance to fit into the new beauty standards. Trying to look “perfect” for their followers can have an overall negative impact on many teenager’s mental health. According to McLean Hospital, it can be physically and emotionally damaging when filters are applied since it can be difficult for teens to tell what is real.
Social media intake can heavily contribute to the way teens act today. Without social media, we would not have ten-year-olds trashing Sephora or placing harmful chemicals on their faces so they can be “trendy.” On the flip side, many teens are also inspired by influencers and can better themselves by looking at their content or buying their products.
“I feel like they have a good impact on the majority of people. It depends on the influencer and what they are putting out on the internet,” Grimaldo said.
Whether it be a six-figure career in the future, a side job while in college, or even a product sponsorship in high school, media influencing has multiple pathways for all interests. Media is good in moderation, and students should be able to live their lives without focusing too hard on the next trend.

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Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson is a junior at Crown Point High School. She took beginning journalism last year, and this is her first year on the Inklings staff. She likes writing and would love to write for a news website in college. After high school, she wants to go to Notre Dame and become a dermatologist. When she is not writing for Inklings, she is usually practicing with the band or working at Strack and Van Til.
Katie Mahle
Katie Mahle, Lead Writer
Katie Mahle is a junior at Crown Point High School. She took journalism during her freshman year, this is her second year on the newspaper staff helping with the design of the newspaper and she also is the sole writer for the people genre. Other than her involvement in the High School News Paper she is also a leader in CASS, the school's mentorship program, as well as a Key club leader. She is vice president of the Interact club and is in NHS. She loves being able to lead and help others in times of need.
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