The article, “How Social Media is a Toxic Mirror”, and the novel, “Brave New World”, both explore the dystopian element of information being restricted. Social media is becoming a “toxic mirror”. It is driving teenagers and young adults to compare themselves to perfect photos and develop a “drive for thinness” and distorted body image. It’s difficult for them to understand that life is not a highlight reel, but has negative aspects as well. They see their followers on vacation, at parties, or simply at the movies. Then, they compare their boring night to the fun things everyone else is doing. Their information of what people truly look like and what’s actually going on in their life is restricted. Users have a way to “alter their bodies in pictures”, such as photoshopping them to be “perfect”. It gives a sense of false reality to the people scrolling through Instagram. They don’t see the pimples or cellulite. They see the image as “prettier, thinner, and hotter”. This connects to how the Controller keeps the book, Othello, from the civilization. He tells John, “Beauty’s attractive, and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things”(219). He keeps the information of the past restricted from the civilization. The people of London only view the world as new and happy. They neither like to see how people can age, nor know of old books like Romeo and Juliet. John argues with the Controller that the new version of beauty is “...so stupid and horrible”(219). They are conditioned to live on a highlight reel, such as in social media, and take soma if harsh reality sets in. The true reality in life is restricted from social media users and the civilization in “Brave New World”.