Do you ever search Instagram? Hit the little magnifying glass icon at the bottom and some mysterious algorithm decides what content you might find of interest. One day I was looking through and some guy named Gianluca Vacchi’s video popped up. I could NOT LOOK AWAY. I was completely mystified as to what in the heck I was watching.
Here is a link to the entire dance sequence if you’re so inclined.
You can also simply type in his name to your Instagram and get an eyeful of his escapades.
They make up these dance routines and strut their stuff to club music looking quite self-satisfied, tan and fit. There are hundreds of videos he has posted to his Instagram site featuring the “fabulous” Italian wearing some really questionable choices in clothes, jetting around the world, working out and frolicking in his little swim trunks (always with one leg folded up to reveal more of his thigh). He also wears some sort of bead in his billy goat beard tuft. WTH? He has over 8 million followers on Instagram and hangs out with some celebrities who hang out and dance with him on his yacht. He has built himself quite a social media empire all based on the concept that is dominating our world today, narcissism. It is the culture of the selfie and we are constantly bombarded with images of people living the fabulous life. I worry for our children. How do they develop a healthy self-image when all they see are the pretty parts of life featured on Facebook and Instagram. How do they feel good about themselves if they don’t compare to the “fabulous” Kardashians or the Real Housewives of Plastic Surgery. I do think back to the 1980s which was known as the decade of greed. The years when conspicuous consumption and the ostentatious display of wealth were all the rage. Then the bill came due, the recession hit and people were embarrassed by vulgarities such as the tv show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” I know the pendulum swings and living large and flaunting it is back in vogue, but in today’s world it isn’t something you can glimpse on the TV should you elect to watch it. It is infused in every aspect of social media. Unless you opt out completely, eschewing technology, you are faced with it. Keeping up with the Joneses is nothing new but it has taken on a whole new meaning in this modern age. I recognize that all of these examples of wanton hedonism provides an opportunity to educate our kids and to hopefully inspire them toward a more authentic life but I still worry as I talk to more and more mothers who have kids who are facing serious issues with depression and anxiety. I wonder if anyone has done a study to see if there has been an increase in the need for mental health support post internet/social media boom.
I have no advice and perhaps I am making too much out of it but I am wondering if you, my dear reader, have struggled with this as you raise our children.