Body image & social media

We are living in a era where nudity is starting to play a more open role in our society. We spend so much time on our phones that we rarely focus on anything else. Which can cause us harm in more ways than one. Mainly because we can be easily influenced by what we see online. Which can lead to a change in the way we see the world. Sometimes for the worst. Furthermore social media has become our go to place for not only sharing but revealing things that may be harmful in the future.

Sharing pictures of yourself in various stages of dress, or undress, can result in various threats to your future relationship and career opportunities. Apart from the potential external damage caused by showing your rowdy, party-animal side to the world. Placing undue focus on your online appearance may also threaten the health of your own bodily self-image.

Many modern celebrities are known for being excessive sharers on social media. For instance, the Kardashians are well-known for posting daily glamorous and often lingerie images on Instagram. Images that attract several million likes. But it’s not just images of attractive celebrities that flood social media. Friends, acquaintances and strangers post images of themselves too, often editing them to disguise face blemishes, make cheeks rosier or to make their nose look smaller.

Why it is a bad for your self image?

When people look at these attractive images on social media, research shows they often compare their own appearance to those images. And end up thinking they’re less attractive than the images they see. As research suggests, making these comparisons can make us unhappy. And sometimes lead to eating badly or even picking up unhealthy habits such as eating disorders.

Self love

It is important that we have a healthy relationship with our bodies. Whilst still being conscious of what we put out there for the world to see. Moreover, we need to know what types of comparisons are helpful and which are hurtful.

You are enough.

You are special, beautiful and you’re exactly how you should be. Learn to focus on your strengths and not dwell on your weaknesses. Find ways to become more body positive. And always remember that what works for you won’t necessary work for the next person and that’s okay.

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