Last updated on: 7/18/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Essena O'Neill Biography

Title:
Social Media Celebrity
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“I’ve spent the majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status, and my physical appearance… [Social media] is contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation, in views, success in followers. it’s perfectly orchestrated self-absorbed judgement…

How can we see ourselves and our true purpose/talents if we are constantly viewing others?… Many of us are in so deep we don’t realize [social media’s] delusional powers and the impact it has on our lives…

I can’t tell you how free I feel without social media. Never again will I let a number define me. IT SUFFOCATED ME.”

Kristina Rodulfo, “100 Shots, One Day of Not Eating: What Happens When You Say What Really Goes Into the Perfect Bikini Selfie?,” Elle, Nov. 2, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Social media celebrity, with 600,000+ followers on Instagram, 200,000+ on YouTube and Tumblr, and 60,000+ on SnapChat before quitting the sites in Oct. 2015
  • Former model, IMG Models
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Was born on Nov. 3, 1996 in Australia
  • Has modelled for Lorna Jane and Triangl Swimwear
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?