Selfies are definitely a staple in today’s social media society. We’re all taking a selfie and sharing them to our social media profiles for our friends and family to see. While there isn’t anything wrong with taking selfies, at what point does it become unhealthy for us? We are on social media 24/7 and when we do, we see popular social media influences and mainstream celebrities appearing before us in selfie form without a single flaw. We then try to replicate these people by using selfie apps to edit our photos before sharing.
While we are constantly worried about meeting these ridiculously high beauty standards, we’re not just posting selfies anymore. We’re posting selfies that have to pass through a selfie app and its strategic filtering in order to create this version of beauty that’s considered the norm. With selfie apps and the alarming amount of people using them, we’re furthering that idea of impossible standards among the world. People can and do develop serious mental illnesses from trying desperately to attain today’s standards which, just goes to show how dangerous it is to be taking part in it by using selfie apps.
The world of social media sharing isn’t all negative, though. In fact, using certain selfie apps that adjust the overall quality of your photos aren’t really contributing to that idealism of trying to attain perfection. Adjusting the quality of a picture that doesn’t edit out your individuality is great and handy to have if you have a photo with bad quality lighting. All in all, not all selfie apps are backed with negatives. But if we use these editing apps to adjust or edit our appearance, we’re just contributing to the bad representation in our society of what’s considered beauty.
Our selfies say a lot about us and we can manipulate what we want to say to the online community by the photos we choose to share. If we are continuously sharing the same manually perfected selfies using selfie apps, we’re not sharing selfies the right way. For those who don’t meet the high standards of beauty, they are bullied and ridiculed online and off. Online bullying is just as terrible as real life though, and it is a real problem today, so we should also be taking this into account before using selfie apps. We should all come together and embrace our individuality instead of editing ourselves out of the picture.
A very large majority of the social media realm is populated by influences. These people influence us, as well as many young people into being like them – whether they mean to or not. The fact of it is, these young people who interact on social media are easily influenced by these flawless celebrities and aspire to replicate them in many ways. Selfie apps are then used by the same young people in order to attain a certain level of appearance from their inspiration. We should collectively teach ourselves and these younger people to accept themselves instead of promoting editing tools.