Why #TheUsProject Movement is Better than the Selfie Epidemic

Friday, April 24, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pretty much everyone has heard about selfies lately. Selfies are HUGE with social media platforms, since they are mostly image-based and they force people to take and share a close look at themselves. In fact, people post more than 1 million selfies each day! Don't believe me? Go search the hashtag! 30 percent of all photos people aged 18-24 take are selfies! And 35% of 18-24 year-olds admit to altering their photos before they go up.
Of course every big social media trend comes with it's own set of problems and with selfies, studies have shown that they lead to decreased intimacy and more shallow relationships. Have you ever watched someone try to take a selfie when they are out on a date? They spend way too much time finding the right facial expression, and perfect background, all the while their date is impatiently waiting to order food. Unfortunately, selfies have also given rise to the "selfie surgery".... yes plastic surgery has risen for patients younger than 30. Everyone is so obsessed with looking fantastic in their selfies. It's kind of scary.

But, that's why #TheUsProject movement exists. Instead of using social media to pit us against one another, we can use it to bring us all together! Let's stop competing with each other and start building each other up. Soffe is challenging the #selfie epidemic using the #TheUsProject movement. It's encouraging young women to focus on each other and hose around them that give them strength and encouragement. Together, we can make a more beautiful picture and a more beautiful world. Instead of taking a selfie that screams ME let's use a statement that says WE makes ME!
Personally, I would not be the person I am today without my friends and family. They support me with all my decisions and when I'm down they lift me up. I could not make it to the happy times if I didn't have them to get through the sad times.

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And if it weren't for my blog readers, I wouldn't even have a successful blog. As much as I think I am independent I completely acknowledge the fact that I depend on other people in many ways. I run out of steam a lot and I get discouraged but my friends, family, and readers encourage me to keep going! I love the photo I shared on Instagram (above) of some fellow bloggers at an event. We totally were giving each other tips and advice and building each other up!
Help be part of the movement! You can participate in the Soffe contest by posting of photo of yourself with friends to Instagram and tagging #TheUsProject and @ellenr886. Soffe will be selecting the contest winners of #TheUsProject and will send them #TheUsProject apparel! This contest runs from 4/20/15-4/24/15
Their apparel is so cute, it's so worth it to enter.
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