I recently (okay maybe a few months ago…I’m a little behind on things as you can see) asked my followers on Instagram to tell me what they wanted to read about here on my blog. A popular suggestion seemed to be weightloss. Now don’t get me wrong, I agree with healthy living and being fit as much as the next guy but why do so many beautiful girls feel the need to lose weight?
We live in the age of Instagram models and visually pleasing online lives. Everyone seems to be living a ‘perfect life’. Now although I adore scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest to occupy myself, sometimes it’s all just too much. The perfect bodies and couple goal posts only seem to highlight the ups. And while I agree that social media should be spreading positivity, it all has become so fake. People rarely show or even address the negative aspects of their lives which I think is needed, unquestionably. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that these perfect lives we see online aren’t always so perfect.
The precise planning of our Instagram feeds so that it’s aesthetically pleasing and the overediting of pictures. We’ve all done it at some point. I too am guilty. I think it’s safe to say that over the years, social media has lost its realness, for lack of a better word.
With the leap over to the ‘perfect body’, ‘perfect life’ fad, issues like body shaming and eating disorders just to name a few, have become all the more prominent. Everyone these days wants that perfect figure and will do almost anything to achieve it. We as a society have become…dare I say, brainwashed?
But what about self-love? Yeah, we hear about it every now and then but how often do we actually practise it in our everyday lives? I think it’s time that we start showing ourselves (and others of course) a little more love. Whether that’s in the form of complimenting yourself and making that a habit or taking breaks from social media when it’s needed.
It’s almost as though we have become brainwashed to think that only tall (but not too tall), skinny girls (but not too skinny) are beautiful or that you need to be of a specific body type to wear certain styles of clothing. Recently we’ve seen more plus-sized models strutting the runway and THIS is a step in the right direction if you ask me.
Do you agree that social media has taken over lives and changed our mindsets for the worse? Let’s discuss.
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