With the impossibly high beauty standards of today and flawless celebrities sharing selfies to their high fan-base, we as a society want to appear perfect offline and on. Social media is one of the biggest influences on how we should perceive beauty. So, it’s easily understandable of how we expect perfection of ourselves and appearance when social media and its influences reach a majority of people. The delusional standard of beauty within our society weighs heavily on many people trying to achieve those standards and the involvement of selfie apps further contributes to this problem.
If we as a society didn’t have this desire to achieve a certain standard of what is considered acceptable or attractive, we wouldn’t resort to such extreme measures that are unhealthy both physically and mentally. There isn’t anything wrong with the simple act of sharing selfies itself. In fact, it can be a great thing if you’re doing it for the right reasons. But if you’re constantly obsessing over how your selfies look and trying to achieve the “perfect” selfie with certain selfie apps, that’s where it becomes an issue of mental health. The truth of it is, we can’t all achieve these impossible standards of beauty, and while more and more selfie editing apps are being created and used, more of us are succumbing to this unhealthy desire.
Our “flaws” are what make us unique. Consistently trying to imitate the appearances of popular social media influences through selfie apps isn’t at all healthy or realistic. When we’re immersed in our selfies and trying to perfect them, we forget what’s important in self-love and self-acceptance. Constantly trying to appear perfect is a huge problem in our society. No amount of selfie editing software is going to teach us to accept ourselves for who we are.
The root of the problem isn’t selfie apps though. The root of the impossible standards of beauty is within our society as a whole and should be addressed by spreading positivism and acceptance. Seeing popular influences within social media and the online community spread this kind of self-love and empowerment is essential for us to move past this idealization of perfecting ourselves. If we stop focusing on what other people in the social media world will think of us, we will then be past needing to edit every selfie we share online.