Why I Love Media

Media makes everything easier. Without Google Maps, I’ll have to waste at least half an hour struggling to figure out how to get to the city center; Without WhatsApp and Instagram, I probably would only have few friends who live in my neighborhood because I won’t bother traveling thousands of miles just to keep updated with my friends.

I do have a story to share about media.

I was once bullied in middle school by the “cool kids” in class. Those boys were really mean. They kept telling me that my eyes are too small, my forehead is too big, my legs are too thick, I’m too fat (even though I was around 40kg)…As a result, I was really lack of confidence in school. Plus, I was in a boarding school, and during the weekdays they take our phones away from us so my middle school life was generally no social media.

Social media contributed a lot to my confidence build-up. After I graduated middle school, I started to spend a lot of time on media, from TV shows, Instagram and TikTok, I gradually learned my appearance is not as bad as the boys told me I was. I learned how to do my make-up, how to dress nicely, and most importantly–how to love myself. I started to post photos of myself, and with every like I get, I get a little bit more confident. By the time I graduated high school, I was much more popular and nobody could relate me to the humble girl who doesn’t dare to look at anyone in the eyes in middle school.

To a great extent, social media changed my life.

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Published by Life in Media

Website dedicated to the Media Life/Life in Media project of Mark Deuze, Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

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