More than 17million selfies are uploaded each week, making up almost one-third of all photos taken by people aged 18-24. Taking a selfie is innocent enough - the dangerous part is the way we pore and obsess over every image we take, zooming, cropping, editing and enhancing until we finally narrow it down to the one we deem good enough to be uploaded to Instagram. The tricks we rightfully criticise when used by professional photographers are now so easily accessible to us, making us much more aware of our features and physical appearance.
An obsession with how others see us is causing us to lose touch with ourselves and to limit our worth to social media, which devalues everything else we have to offer. Women fought for years so that we could have a voice, a vote and an education, yet here, in the 21st century, the pressures of social media are causing girls to regress. Rather than striving to be the best they can be, young girls are striving to promote an unsustainable, online version of themselves, which will only ever leave them feeling disappointed and not good enough.
Don’t compare yourselves to social media images, a lot of it is surgery, cropping, editing & filters. Be proud of who you are and share this with someone who needs to see it 🐝🖤