There are many arguments about social media and the effects it has on a person. However, there is one argument that may change the way people look at social media. Say you are scrolling through your Instagram feed, you see pictures of people being happy and having fun. The capture of one moment can mean many things that people may not realize. The saying "A picture could mean a thousand words" relates to everything that you see on social media especially that one picture that people may be smiling in and having fun. Whenever you look through an Instagram feed or a social media profile in general, do you really know if that person has the perfect life or is it all pretended for the likes, followers, or views? Let's be honest. There are a lot of people that want to become Internet famous. People will do anything to be labeled as perfect in the eyes of everyone who uses it and of course for the fame. That one picture, that one Tweet, that one Post...is it made to be perfect or say presentable? Of course it is! Everyone wants to present themselves in a perfect way without any mistakes, imperfections, or natural beauty. There comes a time when we have to stop pretending and start being human so here is the start of my story.
I have been doing social media ever since I was 13. I did it as a hobby at first but then it became sort of like a job several years later. I am now 17 and I still do social media but I have been watching how much I use it. I noticed that I myself was becoming something I was not all because there was likes, followers and views to it. My biggest insecurities became my biggest worries. I was always thinking "What if my followers found out? What if my insecurities became what I was known for? What if..?" Which then lead me to the desire to become perfect or labeled as perfect in the online universe. I always streamed on live stream apps and on one, I grew a decent audience. However my insecurities made me think a lot about what people may say about me because of them. That lead me to hide them from anyone. I wanted to be labeled as perfect. I always watched other streamers and I compared myself to them. It wasn't only on streaming apps, it was all over social media. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, literally every single social media app. I thought I wasn't good enough because I wasn't like everyone else on social media. I didn't have the looks, money, popularity, or life style that claimed to be labeled as perfect but I pretended to be all of those things to fit in to be perfect. Therefore I was being someone that I was not. It became such a big issue in my life that I had to put stuff to a stop and realize that this is not the case. I don't have to be perfect. I can be human!
I asked my audience, "Does social media have an effect on you to be a certain kind of perfect? Yes or no."
53% said yes, social media does have an effect on me to be labeled as perfect.
47% said no, social media does not have an effect on me to be labeled as perfect.
This is an ongoing issue that has unhealthy effects to many people. When will we start being authentically ourselves and stop the photoshopped, filtered, unrealistic addiction to become perfect in the online world?