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BeReal or BeFake

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Emma Vaaler
BeReal at the homecoming football game of PVHS student section.

It’s time to be real. The summer of 2022 saw the rise in popularity of a new social media platform: BeReal.

Many people, especially teens, have struggled in recent years with mental health as a result of social media. The need to constantly post and uphold their image is something that has become too much, and has led many to delete social media. Even with the idea of BeReal, some people have begun to delete the platform. 

In today’s social media-driven age, many are shocked that BeReal rose to popularity in the first place, offering something no one has seen before. Once the BeReal alert goes off, users rush to their phones to take their “in the moment photo” —or, at least, that is the point of the app. 

Until someone posts their own daily BeReal, they are unable to view other people’s posts. This feature is meant to fulfill the point of BeReal as stated by their official Twitter, “BeReal. Your Friends, for Real.” 

Senior Rachel Vonderhaar posts on BeReal everyday. “It was designed to capture what the person was doing at that moment, but many twist the perspective and take it when they are doing something that they think others would want to see,” she said. Vonderhaar has noticed the change that has happened over summer since BeReal boomed. 

Many people have seen the popularity to be problematic because of the fake reality that social media has created; a place filled with filters and “picture-perfect” moments.  Celebrities and influencers have continuously promoted their  perfect, unattainable life. Platforms like Snapchat and Instagram are rarely places that share in-the-moment parts of life.

Senior Madison Glaus is a student who does not have BeReal, but uses other forms of social media everyday. “I think social media has become more fake. People focus more on how people view them and what they look like rather than being themselves,” she stated. Glaus’ opinion is a major reason why people value the idea of BeReal and it is an opinion shared by many.

BeReal has given people the ability to interact with others online without the added “fakeness”  of filters and perfection. By allowing users to wait to show the most exciting parts of the day,  BeReal has simply added to the array of social media platforms that display seemingly-perfect lives. These factors raise the question, “Is BeReal real, or fake?” 

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Emma Vaaler
Emma Vaaler, Photo Manager
Emma Vaaler is a senior at Pleasant Valley and will be serving as the photo manager of the Spartan Shield this year. She is 17 years old, was a dancer for most of her life, and lived overseas for seven years in Finland and Russia. She is a lifeguard at the Outing Club and a barista at Dunn Brothers Coffee. Emma is looking forward to graduating in May and attending an undecided university to major in marketing. She loves to travel and has spent a huge part of her life taking trips around the world with her family exploring new cultures. Emma enjoys being on frontline, cheering on PV student-athletes, and is excited for the rest of the year. In her free time, she spends time with friends, getting coffee, and playing with her dog, Apollo. Emma enjoys writing and managing social media and is excited about her role in the Spartan Shield this year.   
Maura Peters
Maura Peters, Photo Manager
Maura Peters is a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School and serves as a Photo Manager of the Spartan Shield. In the fall, Maura plays on the Varsity Volleyball team that previously earned a state title in 2021. She also competes on the Varsity Golf team in the spring placing 5th as an individual in the 2022 State Tournament. Outside of school and extracurricular activities, Maura likes to spend her time with her family, friends and two dogs. Some of her hobbies include listening to music and watching movies. You can find her working at Crow Valley Country Club or taking her daily trip to Chick fil A and Starbucks. Maura plans to pursue a post-secondary education focused on biology and she can’t wait to see what her senior year will bring.
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