One of the best things about social media, is having complete control of what people see. You can make yourself appear how you want, whether it be taking photos from different angles, changing your body type and shape, or changing your personality. This is great for creators, but as a viewer you need to be careful.
A lot of young people see models or influencers online and compare their appearances to those they see. Often being hard on themselves for not having the “ideal” face or body, but what they do not consider, is that a lot of what they see is fake. Influencers spend time changing their appearances to make themselves look the best they can. “Hours of make-up, flattering poses and all kinds of editing take place before the ‘everyday’ shot is uploaded onto social media.” (Caunt, 2019)
You also must take this into consideration when dealing with businesses as well. Companies can change what they really look like for their online presence, by sharing photos and information that may not be the reality. The food industry is the worst for sharing inaccurate images. Often making their food look like better quality than the actual product. Companies can use cardboard spacers to create height or shaving cream as whipped cream, so it does not melt. (Zhang, 2018)
Social media is a useful tool for a lot of people. Influencers and companies can use it to easily share their brands, and people can use it to learn and discover different things. You just need to be vigilant and remember that not everything you see will be accurate.
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