With the creation of Six Degrees in 1997, the social media sensation was also created. The effects are seen in today’s life. The whole social media can not be covered with in this one post, so today, let’s talk about the effects of Instagram and how it has ruined our self image.
Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and was launched in October 2010. It has gained popularity in recent years and with the fame came the effects. Instagram is the kind of platform we see absolute perfection on, and it has shaped our mentality into thinking that we need to be perfect in order to be happy, which is far from reality.
Instagram is a place where ideals live; perfect bodies, aesthetically pleasing places, makeup on fleek. In reality it is all a matter of two minute set-up for a perfect picture, and lots of editting. Just because a picture in Instagram looks like it’s straight from heaven and the complete definition of perfection, doesn’t mean that the instagrammer’s life is all shine and glitter twenty four seven.
All this gold and glitter have had a negative impact on our lives. We, as humans, are naturally attracted to such beauty. We don’t realise how easily we fall into the trap of ‘socially acceptable’ image of perfection. Face and body is something that we’re sure wouldn’t last forever, but we still run after all that glamour, forgetting along the way that the personality and character that would last with us forever, needs a serious makeover by the end of it all. And then as we see all those living a “perfect” life in all their gorgeousness, we can’t help but feel bad about ourselves and the way our outer appearance is shaped. Because an image has been made for us that if we look a certain way, only then are we beautiful. But we forget that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, and the real beauty is the inner one.
Even if we consider a model with a body sculpted to perfection, we know that there is work behind that, but we also should consider that it’s their job to look gorgeous; they get paid for it, that they would do absolutely anything to achieve that figure.
So my question is simple; why do we beat about the perfect image that instagram leaves us with, when deep down we know that even that picture is not in it’s entire reality?
Please make sure to leave below your thoughts on how Instagram has effected our self image. I would love to hear from my reader.
Till next time!