Put A Filter On It: How Social Is Changing Our Lives

by Ella Iggulden

Social media. It’s the platform that allows us to share our ups and downs, achievements and some of the craziest experiences in life.

We’re all guilty of spending HOURS scrolling through our different feeds, the moment our eyes open. But is what we see on social media always the best for us? These days it’s so easy to filter out all the bad stuff in life. You could be having a really rubbish day but upload a pic to insta and convince the world everything is A-OK.

That’s the thing with filters, you can literally disguise EVERYTHING. Got a spot? Don’t panic. Hate the lighting? That’s what the brightening tool is for! Want a more radiant look to your selfie? FILTERS!

And that’s all well and good but the problem with all this filtering and editing is how it’s making more of us have an unhealthy relationship with our appearance. It’s teaching us that we can’t look good unless we adjust our photos in some form. We all follow those amazing body inspo accounts and stare at them miserably as we fill our faces.

Spoiler: what you see through a screen isn’t always the reality.

Everyone has flaws and certainly no one is perfect. It’s perfectly normal to compare yourself to others, I mean, it seems to be in our genes that we get fixated with how other women look. But you don’t need to change who you are.

Instead of feeling down when you see these amazing gym bodies or incredible lifestyles try and take something positive from it. This might seem a crazy thing but it can motivate you to try and change something in your life. Most importantly remember these people go through equally bad days too and feel the pressures to look a certain way on social media!

It’s very easy to become addicted to social media but if you teach yourself to have a healthy relationship with it and take lengthy breaks away from it then you’ll feel a lot more refreshed. And don’t you dare compare yourself to anyone!




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