This source shows how an advertisement of beauty products can affect various people psychologically. The source shows a post with a beautiful girl who says that when she grows up she wants to be pretty. This shows how psychologically affected most people are in our society since many people do not appreciate who they are and how they look instead they want to look prettier with each passing day. The comment below this post states “ It’s a psychological itch that most enlightened, successful, and even beautiful women still tend to scratch; If I look better, I am better….” This shows that beauty ads on social media tend to make people more insecure about their physical appearance and beauty. Therefore, social media can be blamed for negative body image as seen in the source above since most beauty ads that tend to make people feel insecure about their physical appearance and beauty are found in social media. This affects people in the society since they start undermining themselves and their self-esteem is lowered due to this factor. To solve this, I suggest that people should be encouraged to love themselves. This could be establishing programs enhancing self esteem among individuals.
This video is about social media’s negative effects on body image mostly to women. The video states that “eight out of ten women are not happy with their bodies” This clearly shows that a large number of women are insecure about how they look due to the influence they get from various social media posts, women magazines and advertisements of beauty products. The video shows a woman who fails to accept the real her and envies the looks of other girls she sees in social media, various beauty ads and women magazine. These girls are portrayed as slim and too beautiful to be true. Blindly, she seeks to be thinner and finds herself imperfect in many ways not knowing that most of the pictures on social media are enhanced to look better.. Therefore, social media can be blamed for negative body image in the society. As seen in the video, many girls tend to doubt their beauty and feel insecure about their body sizes and shapes due to the pictures of unrealistic pretty girls they see on social media like; Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Also, the negative comments an individual may get from these social media which lowers one’s self-esteem on one’s body. I think people should be educated on the psychological impacts that the comments they give on social media have on other people. Also, people should know that not everything they see on the internet or social media is real. Therefore, they should not waste their time striving to attain the ideal perfect body.
This source explores the impacts that social media holds on body image to teens and other social media users. The source extrapolates various case studies that prove that teenagers are more affected by social media than they are affected by other ‘traditional mainstream media' like televisions and movies. The source shows two studies: The keep it real campaign study and the media’s body image study which both prove that social media has caused a lot of body dissatisfaction and low esteem to teenagers. This is because in social media one can get feedback on whatever question they ask to ease their insecurities. The source also talks about the way teenagers grade each other on Youtube and Instagram where they edit selfies and take a lot of advice on how to be prettier. This source explains that teenagers go for advice from the internet because they find it as their super-peer. This is seen as the writer says; "As if adolescence weren't painful enough, the pressure to be "camera-ready" may be adding to teens' body dissatisfaction – and leading to self-destructive behavior." However, they neglect the fact that the criticisms and bad complements from people may harm them psychologically causing them to feel insecure about their physical appearance and beauty. Therefore, social media has proved responsible on the negative body image of people in the society (mostly teenagers) since it exposes them to perfect body shapes, right hair and six pack abs 24/7. This makes them envy these body types and have the need to receive positive comments from their peer on how they look and how they can make themselves look better. It is my opinion that parents should give proper guidance to their children on how to use social media and enable them to understand the fact that not every beauty they see on social media is real. Most of it is fake.
This source shows how social media affects body image for people in the society. This article narrates Kelsey Hibberd’s story and the impact that social media has had in her life and explores on ways to solve situations similar to hers. The article shows that Kelsey changed her hair color and became observant on even tiny details of her body. Although she had few friends on facebook, she found herself naturally comparing herself with others and the negative comments she received on social media made her feel insecure about her beauty and overall appearance. In the article, Kelsey says “It was all about my body and how I look”. This explains how doubtful she got as a result of exposure to social media. Also, the article explores the 2013 study that shows one third of teenagers signed up on social media like facebook where millions of pictures are posted every day. These pictures however are not realistic since they are being edited and altered in many ways to make them look prettier. This resulted to teenagers feeling ugly and that they want to be better. It also lowered their self-esteem since they find their own bodies embrassing. Not only teenagers but also adults are affected by social media. This is seen as the study shows that 60% of adults in our societies are ashamed of how they look and therefore seek to look better. This has caused an increase in the rates of cosmetic surgeries in the United States so as to match the images they see on social media. On the other hand, the article shows that Kelsey Hibberd was able to recover from her condition after volunteering with YMCA and she is now running a mentoring program called Loud Education that helps people boost up their self-esteem and confidence. In conclusion, social media plays a major role in lowering the self-esteem and confidence since it tends to make people feel insecure about their bodies and seek approval from others by trying to look better. As seen in the article where Kelsey Hibberd shared her life story as she went through a psychological condition where she wanted to be acknowledged and approved by others. In order to solve this problem, I think that the mentorship programs should be more wide-spread so that more people can get access to them.