I’ll admit it, I’m obsessed with taking selfies. I’ve been doing it since the early MySpace and Bebo days, so turning the camera around on myself is nothing new.
Back in the day we used to have to use a mirror to see where our camera was pointing, it was all very prehistoric! Thank goodness for forward facing cameras!
But, there’s an argument that this growing trend of selfies has caused more young women becoming critical of their looks and long to get their imperfections changed in a way that only surgery can. With apps that can erase blemishes, smooth skin, make you thinner, curvier, tanned, and change your hair colour, there’s no telling what people ordinarily look like these days.
Yet selfies are a big part of our culture, you only have to look at the Kardashians to see that, Kim Kardashian has just released her book ‘Selfish’ showcasing all best the selfies she’s taken up till now, while her 17-year-old sister Kylie has admitted to already having surgery done.
That’s not to say that Kylie has been directly influenced by selfies, surely living in the public eye is the primary reason that she felt the need to deal with her insecurities, but what is the effect on young girls who aren’t living in the public eye?
Recently some disturbing photo challenges have popped up, first was the belly button challenge, that encouraged girls to stretch their arms around their backs and see if they could still touch their belly button. Then came the collarbone challenge which encouraged girls to stack coins in their collarbones. Both are ridiculous, but other young girls who fail these challenges can’t be left with joyful feelings about their bodies.
In other news, Tyra Banks took an incredible selfie that showed what she looks like without any makeup on. Unfortunately, she was met with a barrage of criticism and negativity, but we think it was an amazing thing to do in the face of all these unhealthy challenges.
Are young women putting themselves under more scrutiny thanks to Snapchat and other social media sites that put emphasis on sharing photographs? Absolutely! We’re all sharing photographs of our best selves at exactly the right moments, and holding ourselves to unrealistic standards. But it can be combatted with positive thinking and appreciating your body. Mindfulness and meditation is the best way to start thinking about your body as something that’s intrinsically connected to you, and complimenting yourself at least once a day is a great way to think positively too!
What do you think about this controversial topic? Are selfies causing you to feel negative about yourself? Do you ever share any less than perfect moments on social media? Would you go under the knife to improve the way you look? Let us know in the comments below!
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