The dangers of social media filters
from Adam | October 7, 2020
Filters, Photoshop, Facetune, and numerous other apps make it easier than ever to improve the way we look at our “friends” online. But how does this affect us for the rest of the day?
There are so many things that have changed in the last 20 years. Playing outside with the neighbors’ children all day is a thing of the past. I have teenagers hanging out with my kids on a regular basis, and almost everyone is constantly checking their phones. It’s actually pretty sad.
Another interesting thing is when I meet social media influencers, they almost never look like the pictures they post online.
Lots of the women use so many filters on their pictures that it almost looks like a cartoon.
Everything is so smooth, eyes and teeth are so bright and white, I can’t tell if I’m looking at a picture of my neighbor or if it’s a new Disney Princess.
Comcast reported a 60% increase in internet usage in the first month of COVID restrictions. Almost all of us are on some kind of social media and with more time at home than ever before, we see more faces than ever before. Looking at faces can really affect our minds. The psychologist Dr. Says Amadi, “Instagram has been linked to anxiety and depressive symptoms, but it is also linked to concerns such as appearance-related anxiety, increased body dissatisfaction, and lower self-esteem.”
I know numerous women, men, and friends of my teenage daughter who almost always use filters on everything they post, and even use filters while speaking on a local call. Some even use an app called Facetune that can actually change the shape of your face. It can make your eyes bigger, make your nose smaller, narrow your cheeks, plump your lips, and even change the shape of your body.
Facetune has reported a 25% increase in the use of its app over the past 6 months. There are over 100 million users who have a version of Facetune on their phones!
I’m sure you have all tried some of the filters built into every app from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok. I’m glad the dog ears and tongue licking seem to be gone.
Dr. Amadi also says, “It seems harmless at first, but a slight change here and a slight change there can create compulsive tendencies around body image.”
Dr. Bacow of New York says, “Some of these behaviors accidentally make body image worse. Editing your picture reinforces a negative belief and validates the thought that your natural body is not acceptable. ”
Doctors report dramatic increases in plastic surgeries, fillers, and botox, even among young teenage girls. This is natural considering they are looking at unrealistic pictures of people on their phone all day.
Some of the suggestions I read were:
– Do not follow people who trigger unhealthy thoughts.
-Follow people who make you feel better about yourself.
– Limit the time you spend on social media.
– Try to recognize when you are comparing yourself to others and eliminate these thoughts.
– Remember things you like about yourself.
-Focus on goals that will help you feel healthy and happy.
It reminds me of an old joke one of my friends told me. It was something like, “Whenever you see a beautiful girl, remember that somewhere there is a guy who is sick of it.”
I want to tell you that no matter how beautiful someone is, the most important thing is how they treat other people. Of course, fitness is very important to me, but no matter how obsessed we are with our physical appearance, there will always be pictures of people who make us feel slimmer or look more beautiful.
The most important thing we can do is find things that will bring us true happiness. Being healthy can help, but what makes me happy in my life is my close relationships with family and friends. Whiter teeth and a smaller waistline might bring you more likes on Instagram, but they certainly won’t make anyone like you in real life anymore. To be clear, post any pictures you make comfortable and follow those you want to follow. Just pay attention to whether the things you post or watch online actually improve your life.
As always, work hard, have fun and don’t forget to drink your Nanohydr8! 🙂 🙂
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