One of the most influential social media sites out there is Instagram. It's a site where people share photos online with their followers. Since Instagram is a "photo only " site, users want to make sure the picture everyone is seeing is the "picture perfect" photo.
The stakes are higher and the judgments are harder. Many use false advertisement to achieve this effect. Manipulation processes like Photoshop and filters are commonly used on the images posted on the app. This raises the question whether our society is at the point where we would rather accept fake non-reality than what is indeed real?
People using these photo-based social media applications are willing to do anything to attain the body types being portrayed. Teens and young adults are the ones more likely to "compare" themselves to the unrealistic pictures seen on Instagram according to CNN. This is not only giving young people a false reality they attempt to attain, but it is also damaging their mental health.
Anxiety, depression, and eating disorders are higher in teens than they should be. Social media could indeed be a contributing factor. The fact is that applications like Instagram have users trying to portray a body image that very few people can achieve in a healthy way. The more social media progresses, the more problems come with it. The big question is "Is there a way we can stop, or limit such abuses of social media?"
What we are seeing now is not progress, it's decline. How can social media flourish if so many people are putting themselves in danger because of what they are seeing? Is social media helping or hurting the youth? Should something be done and if so, would people be able to wake up before it's too late? These questions are something everyone using social media should take into consideration and think about.
Just remember, there is only one you, and you are perfect the way you are. You do not need to try to become a copy of the latest Instagram star.
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