- viable /VAHY-uh-buhl/
- precariously /pri-KAIR-ee-uhs-lee/
- disparity /dih-SPAR-i-tee/
- algorithm /AL-guh-rith-uhm/
- dysmorphia /dis-MAWR-fee-uh/
[adjective] – able to work as intended or able to succeed
It doesn’t seem like a viable idea to me.
[adverb] – in a way that is likely to fall, be damaged, fail, etc.
He had lived precariously from one day to the next, wondering what meal to eat.
[noun] – a lack of equality or similarity, especially in a way that is not fair
Disparity still exists between people of different races.
[noun (social media)] – a way of sorting posts in a users’ feed based on relevancy instead of publish time
Social media algorithms help maintain the ranking of search results and adverts, including the preservation of order.
[noun] – used to refer to a condition in which someone falsely believes there is something wrong with the size or shape of their body
Maybe I have body dysmorphia. I see a more overweight version of myself when I look in the mirror.
Although the lifestyles we see on social media are appealing, the reality is that many people live precariously and face pay disparity because of their gender, race, disability, or mental health issues. The hazards of self-employment are made worse by a lack of industry rules and pay transparency. Influencers frequently have to judge their own worth and set their own rates for their services. Because of this, content producers often undervalue their own creative efforts, and many of them wind up working for free. Algorithms also determine an influencer’s success. Platforms don’t disclose much information about their algorithms, yet in the end, they control who and what is visible (and influential) on social media. Additionally, online prominence puts content creators at danger of serious online abuse, including criticism of their appearance, the things they post or don’t post, and their employment as influencers. Online abuse has the ability to cause problems with both mental and physical health, such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and body dysmorphia.
More and more people may find it enticing to become influencers. However, the industry’s dark side needs to be exposed and addressed through tighter employment regulations and industry-driven cultural change.
- What do you mainly use social media for?
- Do you follow any influencer/famous people on social media? Why do you follow them?
- Have you ever thought of becoming a vlogger or social media influencer? Please tell me more about it.
- Should teenagers be allowed to be social media influencers as a part-time job?
- How has the image of being a social media influencer changed from your perspective upon reading the article? Please share it in class.