Updated: Aug 27
Everyone is an expert on everything these days, and no more so than our new-found celebrities- the “influencers”.
Want to lose weight? There are millions of “experts” out there that will tell you that they have the solution that no one else does.
Suffering from anxiety or depression? Well, fear not! There are plenty of “life coaches” and “therapists” online that are happy to dish out advice, and serve you a quick fix to all your problems.
Or better yet, the infamous vaccine debate- whatever your stance on this topic is- there is no shortage of social media “experts” on both sides, each confidently explaining to you why you should or shouldn’t take the vaccine.
Now I am not here to say that there are no credible people on social media. There are plenty of individuals out there who are providing useful, scientific-based facts and approaches, and who are actively spreading awareness on important topics.
What I have an issue with are the shiny “self-marketers”- a dangerous phenomenon. You have to understand that those people are looking to build their profiles as influencers simply to create revenue. And while I do respect and appreciate that revenue needs to be part of the picture, and I even support that concept, you should not be allowed to sit there and give advice to people if you do not have the actual expertise to do so.
The other day I was going through my feed, and a supposed “fitness expert” had created a video to explain why women should not partake in CrossFit, as it will lead them to become overly muscular, and will negatively impact their physique.
I can assure you as someone that had engaged in CrossFit for over a year, that is not the case.
But this is a real problem. If we start depending on these “experts” for our information, then how many misleading facts are we receiving every day?
We need to be able to use our common sense, and understand that not everybody is an expert just because they have billions of followers- they have attractive content- that’s it!
If you are struggling with an issue, then seek out an actual expert that can genuinely help you- a doctor, a therapist, a trainer, whatever it may be.
Do not fall victim to the “fake experts”!