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Self Image in Peril

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 Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, impacting various aspects of our society including how we perceive ourselves. The constant exposure to carefully curated images and lifestyles on platforms like Instagram and TikTok can have a significant impact on our self-esteem and self-image.

One of the ways social media affects our self-image is through the “comparison trap”. When we scroll through our feeds and see our friends, celebrities, and influencers posting amazing pictures and perfect lives, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to them. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth.

Moreover, the rise of photo editing apps and filters has further perpetuated unrealistic beauty standards on social media. These tools allow users to alter their appearance, giving them flawless skin, a slimmer waistline, and bigger lips with just a few clicks. As a result, many users feel pressured to conform to these ideals.

For example, one of the latest TikTok trends is to have ”the perfect side profile” even if the perfect side profile doesn’t exist (we are all different and that’s what makes you beautiful 😉 ). To have the so-called ”perfect” measurement for this trend, we should have a turned-up nose, rounded cheekbones, a well-defined jawline, and full lips. These kinds of ”trends” may make you feel inadequate or unsatisfied with your appearance. 

Another way social media impacts our self-image is through the need for validation through likes and comments. The number of likes and comments we receive on a post has become a measure of our worth and popularity on social media. This constant need for validation can take a toll on our self-esteem, leading to an unhealthy dependency on social media for self-worth.

It is important to recognize the impact that social media can have on our self-esteem and body image and take steps to protect our mental well-being. Setting boundaries around social media use, unfollowing accounts that make us feel inferior, and practicing self-love and self-acceptance are crucial steps in maintaining a healthy self-image in our teenage ages. It’s also important to remember that what we see on social media is often a carefully crafted facade and doesn’t always reflect reality.

In conclusion, social media can have a profound impact on our self-image, leading to feelings of inadequacy, low self-worth, and discontentment. By being mindful of our social media consumption and taking steps to protect our mental well-being, we can prevent the negative effects of social media on our self-esteem and cultivate a positive self-image. 

 

 

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Arianne Gagnon
Arianne is an energetic girl who loves hanging out with her friends at night. She also enjoys painting and playing basketball with her teammates. She is a creative and social person. Her favorite activity during the weekend is to go shopping with her friends and try the ugliest piece of clothes they can find just to have fun.

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