Filters on social media websites are digital overlays placed over photographs or videos to enhance or change the subject. Although filters may be a fun and creative way to spice up a photo, it can be damaging and distort our perception of reality. Many of these “beauty” filters suggest that our natural faces need to be altered to fit into today’s standard of beautiful and “perfect”. Using filters on social media such as Instagram and Snapchat can lead to insecurity and self consciousness. I want to focus on the fact that these filters are not real and that everyone needs to embrace their natural beauty! Each flaw and special part of you makes you unique and beautiful in your own way.
Adding animal ears or a cool background can be fun and innocent but the outcome is very different when focusing on filters that change your appearance. Some things that the filters typically change are: smaller noses, bigger lips, a sharper jawline, slimmer face, more tanned skin, whiter teeth, and different eye colours.
Many impressionable children, teens and even adults see influencers posting photos online using these filters to enhance their appearance. This leaves people feeling inadequate and thinking that they should be doing the same thing to fit in and appear more like the influencers. I am here to tell you that you are absolutely perfect and wonderful as you are! There is no need to change your appearance to fit into society’s beauty standard. Remember that acne is normal, not everyone has a perfect tan or straight teeth and that is completely okay.
Have you ever used a filter on a social media website? Has it left you feeling as though you are not good enough in reality? I know that I have!
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