This week’s post is short but sweet: a topic which must be voiced more and more in today’s (toxic) world of social media.
How many times have you scrolled through social media and compared yourself to the people you see online? Be honest with yourself here. We all do it, and we shouldn’t.
Each and every one of us has our own insecurities: we are all different. However, social media has a good way of distorting this. The people we see online only show one side of it. Instagram photos are often filtered and edited, with professional lighting and posing. We all do it – we post when we feel like we look our best and are most confident, why wouldn’t we? What we must start to learn is that this is just the one side of social media and that life isn’t always that perfect.
We often feel the need to compare ourselves to each other, whether that’s our bodies, faces or even achievements and goals, things as simple as school grades – online and in person. It’s really sad but we all do it!
This subject can be narrowed down to bodies. Words like ‘fat’ and ‘skinny’ are now thought of as taboo subjects and talking about the concept of body image and positivity is often controversial and difficult to word. However, I want to say that so many of us have insecurities, and this is OK and normal. What isn’t OK is that we constantly compare ourselves to each other instead of focussing on ourselves and our own lives.
I recently sent a survey round to my friends on this topic of body image and here are some of the results. 89% of them said they are unhappy with their body. In an American survey, by the age of 17, 83% of all teenage girls are unhappy with their body. With boys, it is 80%. This, in my opinion, is down to society’s expectations and the human need to live up to them. This really does upset me.
We should start to focus on ourselves and learn to love our bodies instead of punishing ourselves on the basis that we don’t look like celebrities such as Madison Beer or Cristiano Ronaldo.
I’ll leave with you with a quote from my own role model who has voiced the topic of body image and body shaming a lot of times, Taylor Swift said: “I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realisation that everybody does, even the people I consider flawless, then you can start to live with the way you are.”