Body Image in Social Media

It is well known already that most of the media supports an unrealistic body image. However, with the use of social networking sites, this body image problem is taken to the next level. While people sit on their phones scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat, they do not realize the editing and fixing of the pictures people post of themselves. The work people put into their pictures before they post them is absurd. However, people do not realize this. An article by time.com states, “Social media has also become a toxic mirror.”

When you first stalk someone on their social media, you tend to notice their faces, such as their selfies. Then you begin to look more. You start to see picture of them on the beach with their friends and you notice they look perfect. Their hair falls in the perfect place while looking stick thin. You then look at yourself and wonder why you do not look like that. If you are someone like myself, you do not look like the other girls on social media. However, many people do not realize the thought, time, and effort put into these pictures. The millions of photos taken just to get the right shot as well as the process of editing. People will edit their photos so that it looks like they are “perfect” because that is how they want society to see them.

No matter who you are, there is always something in the back of your head telling you whether or not you should post that picture. People try so hard to look like everyone else and often forget to just be themselves. Social media is not the main cause of body image issues, but it does play a big role. We all do not have the same body type and cannot all look like the celebrities do in magazines, but we can be ourselves and we need to learn that. If people were true to themselves and did not put as much editing into pictures, people may learn to love their own bodies. With the help of many companies supporting positive body image, we are becoming closer to achieving this.

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