Instagram vs Reality: How Social Media is Faking Us Out
Buck up buttercup, tits up, heads up, and let's fuck it up because we're about to get real real on how fake social media can truly be.
Last year I was featured on Medium.com sharing the truth behind social media pictures, and I thought it was time for a refresher!
Let's face it. We've all been guilty of scrolling through our Instagram feeds, ogling over pictures of our favourite influencers, celebrities, and even friends, wondering how the bloody hell they manage to look so good and have a perfect life, all the time?
I mean, seriously, do they have a personal glam squad following them around 24/7? Or are they secretly blessed by the gods with flawless skin, perfect hair, and a killer bod?
Well, bestie, I hate to burst your bubble, but the answer is absolutely not — respectfully. They are not perfect because no one is!
The truth is, social media pictures and even videos these days are not an accurate representation of reality. They are often heavily curated, filtered, and edited to portray a certain image that fits with the persona the person wants to convey to the world.
Let's be real, who would want to show up real, raw, vulnerable and unfiltered?
Well actually A LOT of people, and if you're not seeing that in you're feed, it's time to reevaluate who you're following sis!
The problem with being filtered
The problem is this can create unrealistic beauty standards that are impossible for people to attain. We start to compare ourselves to these seemingly perfect images and feel like crap when we don't measure up.
We start to believe that our worth is based on our appearance and that we're not good enough unless we look like a supermodel or the perfect airbrushed photos we're bombarded with on the daily.
But here's the thing friend, we are all unique and beautiful in our own way. We don't need to conform to society's narrow beauty standards to be considered worthy or desirable.
We need to work on embracing our quirks, flaws, and imperfections and realise that they are what make us who we are.
So the next time you're scrolling through social media and start to feel bad about yourself, remember that those pictures are not a true representation of reality. They are just carefully crafted images designed to project a certain image.
Instead, focus on loving yourself for who you are, flaws and all. Because that's what makes you, you, and there's nothing more beautiful than that.
Until next time, keep shining like the sprinkle-covered donut you are, and don't forget to love and appreciate every curve, freckly or stretch mark on your beautiful body.
Your self-lovin' sista,