by Gemma Stroyan
‘The Edited Self’ is the first episode of a new podcast series exploring our responses to this digital world.
Today, everything is instantly accessible. We can have it all, faster than ever before. The next job, purchase, experience, even person is available at our fingertips. But this series will ask if we are any more satisfied with our lives being measured through likes, swipes and edited profiles…
This episode specifically looks at social media and its’ effect on our mental health. Has this oversharing culture contributed to a society with greater anxiety, causing us to be more concerned with the lives we present online than the ones we are actually living?
Speaking to several social media users, and gaining insight from Professor Rory O’Connor’s description of social perfectionism, ‘The Edited Self’ explores ways in which we can regain control of our time spent constructing our filtered selves.
With an Instagram following of over half a million, TV presenter Laura Whitmore describes the responsibilities attached to her use of social media.
Further episodes will cover different themes – from exploring online dating and how finding love has become almost transactional, to ‘choice paralyses’ and whether too many options actually decreases satisfaction levels.