Good and Bad Influence
"In terms of Instagram, it's not really substance-based, it's primarily visual. And it depends how you use it, but I think it can be quite toxic because most of the time on social media you're only seeing the good and the peaks of people's lives and that psychologically tricks you into thinking that that's their entire life and that they've got this great, amazing, perfect life, which I'm sure they don't. But I think the brain craves that perfection, and then there's the thought process that if you dress like them, or having something that associates you with them, you'll gain this kind of perfection like them. But it obviously doesn't work that way. You don't just buy something that someone has and then immediately you have the same life they do. But I see people slipping into that mentality, and I think it can lead to a feeling of inadequacy.
With fashion, I think those born in the 2000's, or the young adults today, will be largely influenced by trends they see on social media. It's just become a social norm to follow people who you aspire to be. It might not be a full aspiration to be that person but just to be influenced by them in some way. And I don't know if it comes with age, or just being a little bit more aware of the bigger picture, but it worries me that a lot of young children are on social media sites, and their brains are like sponges taking in all this information without being able to really process it properly, and without being aware that that's not the be-all and end-all; It's not the ultimate goal.
It is quite a weird juxtaposition of subconsciously being open to being influenced by what we see but also being able to take a step away from it and choose not to be a part of it."
(Conversation with World of Wearable Arts Model Misha Ruddlesden.)