The downsides of being a social media influencer

I am not a social media influencer myself so I am making some assumptions and generalizations about people who do this as their main source of income. This is a growing trend that many young people want to participate in but many don’t know the consequences of.


There are obvious benefits to being a social media influencer. Below are some of the few:

  • More money in a short time frame
  • Reason to travel/spend money/have experiences
  • Popularity/invitations
  • Free merch/gifts/brand deals


These are some of the downsides that I’m not sure people take into consideration before pursuing an online presence:

  • Lack of privacy
  • Image to maintain
  • Lack of certainty for the future
  • Bad reputation is difficult to repair
  • Have to stay relevant/short-lived careers
  • Trouble in personal relationships

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