There has been some recent stories online about these new teenage YouTube internet celebrities and how many millions of dollars they are making by posting videos and photos on YouTube and Instagram. After reading this article, I got really curious about what exactly these teen celebrities are posting on social media that is worthy of millions of dollars and millions of followers. I went to Instagram and started following a couple of these so called celebrities. I gotta be honest, I don’t see the entertainment value in following someone that just posts photos of themselves and their daily life. What has been interesting to me about it are the comments from their followers. You read the comments and the kids following these celebrities say things such as “Your life is so cool. I’m so jealous.” This false sense that becoming famous equals happiness in life is such a bad message for kids to be learning. Fame and fortune are false pursuits in regards to true joy in life. There is nothing wrong about becoming successful, but as we’ve seen just this week with Robin Williams, you can have fame, fortune and it isn’t enough. It doesn’t satisfy. The sooner teens learn this lesson that fame isn’t the answer, the happier their own lives will be and the less time they’ll spend on Instagram wishing they had someone else’s life. I’m Chad Whittle and that’s just A Whittle bit of commentary.
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