Nigerian actress, Bimbo Akintola has warned young people on the use of social media, saying they should not be pressured by what they see on the platform.
Of recent, many Nigerian celebrities have come out to state that most of the things we see on social media, and the screen diva has now joined that list.
Though we can all agree that social media has it gains, and has helped a lot of people of late, we should also note that some people have been pressured into living a life of crime, while some have even taken their lives due to the pressure on the platform.
Earlier this year, Instagram announced it will ban all graphic self-harm images as part of a series of changes made in response to the death of British teenager Molly Russell.
This came in response to a tide of public anger over the suicide of the 14-year-old girl, whose Instagram account contained distressing material about depression and suicide.
Speaking with Saturday Beats, Bimbo Akintola stated that despite its many positive sides, social media had a way of influencing people negatively.
The 49-year-old said:
“The first thing people need to remind themselves of is that it is not everything they see on social media that is real.
“A lot of people only show the sweet sides of their lives on social media, and those who look at such do not always know that there is a sour side too.
“As far as I am concerned, social media only portrays one side of the story and not the reality of life itself and that is why I fear it so much.
“Young people must be careful not to allow social media to pressure them into leading fake lives.”