False illusions are a major part of social media that I think most of us don’t always think about. “Hi! My name is Amy, I am 23 and love long walks on the beach.” Says a 53-year-old man sitting in North Dakota. Yes, that would be a catfish. We’ve all heard about and read the stories about someone pretending to be someone they aren’t. People stealing other people’s pictures and creating fake profiles. So how safe is that photo you posted? Who is that person who just friended you? What is the motive behind this type of behavior?
There are many reasons why someone might decide to become a catfish. Loveisrespect.org says “The biggest reason someone becomes a catfish is because they don’t feel confident in who they really are, so they pretend to be someone else.”
So, we need to ask ourselves, why are there so many people who aren’t confident in who they are? Meet my friends – Photoshop and Filters! We have all heard about it and even seen scandals where a photo is posted, and someone is missing part of their body. Most people on social media have used one of these tools at least once.
I have a friend who used a filter on her six-month-old baby! This is a little extreme as babies are so cute but the message behind it is that we are always trying to make things around us more appealing. You hear it from people all the time, they complain about something they do not like with themselves and the people listening are shocked that this person thinks there is a problem as no one else sees it. So, before you start photo-shopping and adding filters to your photos, remember that most celebrity photos you see have been altered. Here are some steps provided by Entrepreneur.com to help you build self-confidence:
1 – Visualize yourself as you want to be
2 – Affirm yourself
3 – Do one thing that scares you ever day
4 – Question your inner critic
5 – Take the 100 days of rejection challenge
6 – Set yourself up to win
7 – Help someone else
8 – Care for yourself
There are many other ways to build confidence and a different trick for everyone. So, what do you think about all of the ways to edit a photo? Have you ever been Catfished?
Facebook – Who is really in that photo? – https://bit.ly/2JbXG5q
Twitter – Taking the mask off – https://bit.ly/2JbXG5q