Every day I go on social media, I see these beautiful girls with hourglass figures or these extremely fit men with sharp jawlines. They all have what society has deemed the “perfect” body or the “perfect” face.
Looking at a screen, it’s easy for teens, like me, to look at these people and start comparing themselves to them. They believe this is the ideal look and they must achieve it to be deemed “perfect” by society’s standards.
A lot of what you see on your social media feed is not telling the complete truth. That girl or boy may not necessarily look like that in real life.
What you see online doesn’t show the full picture
I can tell you this much, you’re not going to find a girl with a tiny waist, an extremely big chest, and a big butt unless you’re watching an anime. You’re also not going to find a man with a 10-pack, a height of 7 feet tall, out of this world face, and a razor, sharp jaw.
Many Instagram models, celebrities, fitness gurus, and other influential stars use various ways to make themselves more appealing to others.
I know plenty of stars that were caught using Photoshop to make certain aspects of themselves look better than before. Photoshop allows you to alter an image and many celebs do this to enhance the photo without saying anything, making it seem it was all-natural.
Other celebs have implants and surgeries to achieve the body they have today. There are steroids that people can take to increase muscle mass and shoes that make people appear taller. All these factors can change a viewer’s perception of a person, creating this false image of the “perfect” person.
How the “perfect body” standards affect young viewers
In my opinion, it’s absolutely fine if celebrities do this, as long as they don’t deny that their body was altered or isn’t 100% natural.
But not everyone wants the world to know that their “perfect” body is actually fake. I read how plenty of stars who claimed that they were all natural and were caught lying.
This is dangerous to younger audiences who look up to these types of physical features and try to achieve them in dangerous manners.
I have younger family and friends who have done this and are constantly putting themselves down for not looking like the people they see on their phones.
Even I have felt down looking at girls with the best bodies, smallest noses, biggest lips, and oval-shaped faces.
Just like they told us when growing, don’t believe everything you see or read on the Internet.
Social media goes the same way. Pictures are no different from an article and can easily be manipulated in a way to make people think differently.
Staying safe on the Internet also includes staying away from content that is making you feel hurt or doubt your capabilities.
Comparing yourself to random strangers when you are already so beautiful is not worth the trouble.
I say, don’t chase what society deems the best and go after the ideal body that you want.