According to Twitch star Pokimane, who feels “guilty” about being an influencer because her work often conflicts with her beliefs about social media and its detrimental impact on users, she feels “guilty” about being one.
One of the most popular Twitch streamers and the most popular female broadcaster overall is Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys. That’s not all; Poki also has a sizable fan base on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, where she has amassed a combined total of over 12 million followers. As a result, it is obvious that Pokimane is a true online icon. However, she recently admitted that at times, her influencer career has made her feel “guilty.”
On May 29, Pokimane shared her thoughts on her job in an Instagram Stories post, noting that she sometimes feels “guilty” about it because of the detrimental effects that social media can have on people. She wrote on the Notes app, “Every now and then I become really reflective (and lowkey feel guilty) about being a content creator / profiting from social media because it’s so addicting and can be so harmful, especially to young minds. I especially find myself feeling this way when I realize how much social media impacts my personality, life, opinions, and desires. I cope by trying to be a positive influence on others, or hope that I can use social media as a tool to take care of themselves, spend time outdoors, and create healthy boundaries with all the apps we use.”
Pokimane concluded by warning readers not to lose themselves in or compare themselves to the fictitious, manufactured, and false world of the internet. According to studies, regular users of social media may have both beneficial and negative effects. Girls’ use of social media, for example, and depression have been linked in studies performed by Prof. Yvonne Kelly of University College London.
This is only the most recent in a spate of occasions where Pokimane has recently expressed her thoughts about her job. The streamer decided to shift her focus from daily streams to making other types of content, such vlogs and TikToks, in 2022 after recently ceasing to be an OfflineTV member. It appears that Pokimane is doing what she preaches by “creating healthy boundaries” with social media. In a video she made in April, she discussed how apps can cause regular users to develop a “toxic” obsession with their appearance.