Rohit Roy Posts Two Shirtless Photos To Share An Important Truth About Social Media Pressure

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Fun though it is, social media does bring cravings for social validation. Be it a chase for the most followers and likes or more fundamentally- the need to appear as if you’re living your best life. If you find life isn’t quite complete without #goals, #happy or constant #vacaymode; then perhaps you can relate to actor Rohit Roy’s latest post.

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Roy took to Instagram, sharing a couple of pictures of himself. One incredibly lean while the other a little out of shape. However, the real magic was in the caption that spelt out the perils of social media’s pressure.

It all began when Roy was invited for a Ted Talks event in Ahmedabad. He spoke of the trip writing, “I met with a bunch of young millennials, hardly 15-16, n I was disturbed by some of the stories I heard.. a lot of them suffered from depression caused by social media.

“One of them felt so terribly left out of what her friends were up to after school and on their vacays that the poor kid refused to come out of her room for days,” Roy wrote.

However, there’s more. The actor decided that the only way to truly get through to the kids was to share his own story. Thus he posted the two shirtless pictures of himself adding that one is for showbiz and the other is the real him.

Take a look at his post-

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On my recent trip to Ahmedabad for a Ted talk, I met with a bunch of young millennials , hardly 15-16, n I was disturbed by some of the stories I heard.. a lot of them suffered from depression caused by social media.. one of them felt so terribly left out of what her friends were up to after school and on their vacays that the poor kid refused to come out of her room for days.. a young boy was thinking of taking hormones (at 16!!) coz another kid from his school has posted a bare body picture n he felt inadequate.. yet another one tried her best to force her parents to take her to a ‘foreign’ holiday simply because her friends were going.. when they didn’t/couldn’t, she developed a fever!!! Couple of them admitted to getting anxiety attacks because of social media pressure… one of them had it so bad that he needed intervention from a psych !! I’m so so saddened with this as I am also a father n my girl has just turned 16. I feel compelled to share this piece with all you kids out there.. firstly, social media is nothing but looking at life through rose tinted glasses.. people usually exaggerate to make the post sound better and photoshop pictures to make themselves look nicer.. so please , DO NOT base your life on what is being put out there.. make real connections, not digital ones.. secondly, going for a foreign holiday by burning a hole in your fathers pocket is absolutely foolish n useless.. Travel is fantastic but within your means and there is so much one can see in India.. our country’s diversity will blow your mind finally, understand this.. no one puts a picture of a misshapen body out there.. only their best angles.. so do not get disturbed that your appearance doesn’t hold up.. celebrate what you have.. I’m still in shock at these reasons for young ones like yourselves getting panic attacks because of social media .. I beg you to live in the real world with real joy and real problems.. to cite an example , I’ll post a picture which no actor will put out but I hope it helps you understand my point.. This picture is what I must be coz my profession demands it.. swipe left and see what I look like on my breaks! Don’t let social media consume you!!

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“Social media is nothing but looking at life through rose tinted glasses.. people usually exaggerate to make the post sound better and photoshop pictures to make themselves look nicer.. so please, DO NOT base your life on what is being put out there,” Rohit shared.

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His post urges us all to make real connections, not digital ones. After all, looks are fleeting and friends are forever, aren’t they?

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