Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Thoughts About Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez's "Breakup"

This week, the internet went crazy over Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez's "breakup" (I think it was a joke). I thought that this gave me a really good opportunity to share my thoughts on this and about social media and life in general. So first off, for all of you that don't know who these people are, Alexis is a 18 year old model and Jay is a 20 year old model/photographer. Both of them traveled the world together and documented it on instagram, tumblr, and in their popular youtube videos!

These two were often referred to as "goals". "Life goals", "relationship goals", "body goals", which is something that I never really liked. Sure their life is incredible, but I think that it's important for people to realize what they're individually capable of and not set aspirations based on someone else's life. I like to think of their posts as inspiration, things to help get me out of bed and doing stuff. That's all fine and healthy, but when you start comparing your life to someone else's it's not right. 

The second thing that I found that was disturbing came a couple days ago when I was looking at the comments under Alexis's latest picture. Many of them said something along the lines of "we deserve an explanation." I think that this is really messed up. These people choose to share parts of their life with us online, like many of us bloggers and youtubers do, but are in no way obligated to share anything that they don't want to. For people that choose to make their social media really public and try to monetize it, there's a really strong predicament with how much we owe our viewers/followers. Without their followers, they wouldn't be able to travel the way that they're able to, but whether that means they owe them an explanation should be up to them. 

The last thing sort of ties into the idea of "goals", but in a different way. I don't think that either of them are good role models to be honest. This is totally my personal opinion, and I definitely enjoy the content that they produce, but I don't think that anyone should aspire to be like them. For one, Alexis is only 18. That's pretty much the same age as me, yet she acts so much more mature. She's obviously had to grow up really fast, and while it's amazing that she has been able to stay so sane and normal with that, it's not something that people should try to do if they can avoid it. Youth is amazing! It's innocence, experimentation, and fun, and you shouldn't try to rush through that. And Jay shouldn't be a role model because he's a high school dropout. I totally don't think that education defines you or is insanely important, but I don't think that it's sending the right message to impressionable kids! Even if people drop out of school, it's a one in a billion chance that they'll be able to travel and do the same things that Alexis and Jay do. 

From what I can tell, the breakup was a joke for their anniversary or something, but it really emphasized the downsides of social media. Social media makes life really crazy, and we're all still trying to adapt to life with it. These are just my thoughts on Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez, so let me know in the comments your thoughts and opinions on all of this! Also, follow me on bloglovin for more! 

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