Kalyee Srithnam: I Gave Up Social Media

As a model and writer, I used to be addicted to social media. I thought it was the best way to showcase my talents and connect with people. I used to spend hours scrolling through social media, looking for validation and approval. But I soon realized that it was also the worst way to lose myself and feel unhappy.

When I posted a picture of myself online, I loved the compliments! At first. But posting pictures of myself online also had a downside. The comments were not always flattering. Over time, they made me feel objectified and self-conscious. I started to believe that my worth was based solely on my physical appearance, and I began to lose sight of my true self. When I didn’t get many likes, I would feel a sense of disappointment and self-doubt. I found that I constantly compared myself to others, and it made me feel bad about myself. I remember one time when I saw a picture of a famous model on Instagram. She looked flawless and happy. I felt a pang of envy and insecurity. I wondered why I couldn’t be like her. I questioned my worth and I felt unhappy.

I constantly chased likes and comments, but they never satisfied me. I felt like I was being judged by strangers who only cared about my looks. I forgot who I was and what I wanted. I felt like a prisoner of my own image.

So I decided to break free from the chains of social media. I deleted all my accounts and started to live in the real world. I discovered new things and new people. I learned to appreciate myself and my surroundings. I found joy in simple things.

I also found hope in the midst of the chaos. I saw that there were still good people in the world who were doing good things. I realized that I could make a difference by sharing my story and my love. While I have struggled with depression and anxiety, I learned that love is the most powerful force in the universe, which can heal, transform and inspire. Giving up social media was the best decision I ever made. It helped me to find myself and to find happiness. It also helped me to find my voice and to express myself in new ways. I started to explore my passions and talents, and to share them with the world. I found new ways to connect with people who appreciate me for who I am, not for how I look. I found new ways to make a positive impact on the world, by spreading love and hope. I found the real me, and I love her.


Kalyee Srithnam is a writer, columnist, sometime-model and erudite chocolate fiend, who loves unicorns and writing content that helps people feel seen. You can read her old columns in Audere Magazine.

Image: Kalyee Srithnam

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