In case you missed the memo, social media is totally the cigarette of our generation. Based on various reports, there are around 250 million social media users in India alone and that number is growing every day. It really is so widespread, and the problem is – you’re only seeing one tiny little bit of the story. Not to mention, we are literally addicted to these phones and constantly checking, updating, and counting our likes to gratify our existence when we are SO MUCH MORE! Meanwhile, most social media “influencers” are only showing us the pretty parts of their lives – curating a picturesque gallery of sorts of only the good moments. But let’s be real, we are all human and have bad moments, too, which is why we should take some time to put our phones down because when we are having those bad moments, social media is the last thing that is going to help us. What’s going to help us? Living in the moment instead of being so caught up in capturing to display to the world about the “good life.” Enjoying the moment that you’re in and taking in the beauty around us instead of looking at others’ photos of it and comparing ourselves to unrealistic ideals. Let’s take a step back and just learn to love ourselves the way we are and who we are.
I’m on social media, and as many of you know, my fans and following mean a lot to me and social media has really helped my career. I actually wouldn’t be where I am without the support and love I receive on my platforms. I’m the first to admit this but I will also be the first to admit that I’ve also been “trolled” a lot online and some days, people really say some hurtful things on the internet that can wear me down and make me feel terrible about myself. It’s never okay to do this to anyone, so more than anything, we must be kind to ourselves and also be kind to others online. The most important thing is to remember the people that truly love you and care about you will always be there for you so trust me, it’s a great idea now more than ever to put that phone down, sign off your social media accounts and just be around your friends and family. That’s what really matters! Let me tell you about how I want to use my social media with this story that was recently released.
While many celebrities complain about trolls and social media backlash affecting them, Evelyn Sharma has found an easy way to stay positive — she simply blocks such people from her social media handles. The actress-turned-social entrepreneur says, “Ignorance is bliss. Trolling is a cowardly act, and I don’t think any public figure has to put up with so much negativity.”
Evelyn experienced online harassment for the first time recently, following which she announced that she would block everyone who bullied her or spread negativity — and so she did.
Over the past few years, many celebrities have taken a stand against online harassment, including international stars like Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. “Anyone can say whatever they want online, and people take it as truth without even checking the facts. Don’t confuse your online image with your real image,” says Evelyn, who recommends enjoying the real world instead of the virtual one.
She adds, “I love interacting with my fans on social media, but the work I do with my charity foundation, Seams For Dreams, is much more fulfilling than seeing a few more likes on a photo. I want to use my social media to be real, to be me, and to inspire others to live a fulfilled life.”
Evelyn is currently shooting for her international show Euromaxx and will also be seen in Saaho, starring Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film is all set to release later this year.