Source - A woman has revealed how trying to become a social media star left her in financial ruin.
Lissette Calveiro, who is now 26 years old, moved to New York from Miami for an internship in 2013 and said she felt like she was living the “Sex and the City Dream.” But while her life on Instagram might have looked glamorous thanks to never-ending brunches, expensive outfits and holidays, she was struggling financially.
Calveiro’s internship only paid for transportation so she began living off her savings and earnings from a part-time retail job.
But, even after moving back to Miami later that year and landing a job as a full-time publicist, her Instagram-worthy life continued to sink her into debt, $10,000 worth to be exact.
“I was shopping…for clothes to take ‘the perfect ‘gram'”, she told the New York Post. “I was living above my means. I was living a lie and debt was looming over my head. Snapchat had these [geo] filters [like digital passport stamps] and I wanted to collect at least 12. If you break it down, a lot of the travel I was doing in 2016 was strictly for Instagram” Calveiro said.
Now living in Soho, Calveiro says she regrets spending so much money trying to live an Instagram-worthy life and is concerned about the impact the photo sharing platform can have on young women.
“Nobody talks about [his or her] finances on Instagram,” she said. “It worries me how much I see girls care about image. I had a lot of opportunities to save. I could’ve invested that money in something.”
Lissette is either the smartest person in the world or the dumbest person in the world. On one hand, you have the fact that she spent ten-thousand dollars trying to get twenty-thousand followers. Not the best dollar-to-follower ratio. Sure, they’re real people which are much more valuable than bots, but still. Then on the other hand you have the fact that it kind of worked. I’m writing a piece on her, Business Insider wrote a piece on her, she’s trending on Twitter. She could very well be playing chess while the rest of us are playing checkers. Then again, probably not.
As much as I want to roast her for her lack of intelligence, I’m not going to. Part of me understands where she’s coming from. Social media is addicting, especially Snapchat geotags. And nothing says ‘I’m cool/a ginormous douchebag’ like posting a snap story with a warm weather location to make your friends jealous. Luckily, Lissette was able to escape the grasps of social media addiction and pay off her debts. If she was smart she’d try to turn her publicity into some sort of career. Unfortunately for her she’s not, so she won’t. She’ll continue to post terrible Instagram’s on her terrible Instagram account. People like Lissette are the most insufferable people on the internet. They provide nothing and want everything. Some of them are worth following but the majority aren’t. Lissette most definitely is not.