Hey its Kaley!

My inquiry question for my first project plan on Butterfly Effect is "What  is beauty? A reflection on the pursuit of beauty and how social media affects it?

  1. ii)  Why I am interested in this inquiry question?

I believe in the 21st century we have an obsession with beauty.  Social media plays a role in promoting a perception of beauty. I am curious  to know if beauty is a shared experience? How is it different around the world?  Does Beauty have a face? Does social media some how widen our perception or narrow  our perception of Beauty.  As a teenanger, I find social media feeds our insecurities by using tools to obtain perfection that is not reflected real life. It encourages us to put up a front.  I  am interested in how people perceive beauty in the 21st  century? How do people find others attractive based on how they look as well as  the flip side, of how people dislike people based on how they look? I am curious of how our perception  affects how we treat people? How and why people value certain qualities over other qualities. How we value beauty  and how we define what is beautiful. How we make judgements on others and ourselves based on how we look.

iii) Research

Round 1: What is Beauty

How do we define beauty?

World view of what is beautiful is in various cultural contexts

Gender view of Beauty , differences and similarities

Age and beauty? The teenage experience  of beauty

Social media  underlining definition of  beauty





https://www.ted.com/talks/anjan_chatterjee_how_your_brain_decides_what_is_beautiful/transcript?language=en .



Research Round 2:  Impacted of the pursuit of Beauty

Who defines what is beautiful?  Is it natural, or fabricated?

Where can the  pursuit of beauty lead?  

How does perception  of beauty affect people of different cultures?

How does it affect different genders. Girls? Boys?

How does social media impact this pursuit of being seen as beautiful?







Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health? Bailey Parnell- TEDxRysonU

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear by Donna Freitas

Social Media: Usage and Impact edited by Hana S. Noor Al-Deen, John Allen Hendricks

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd

Aesthetics and Material Beauty: Aesthetics Naturalied by Jennifer A McMahon

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women By Renee Engeln, PhD

Research Round 3: The social media  role

If social media is a tool that is used to re-create  beauty through filters and distortion of our imperfections  how do we use it to discover and appreciate our difference as beautiful.   Move from Recreate to Appreciate.

Is the use of  social media  use to undermine women, people of color, body shame and distract us from what is beautiful. What can we do ?

If Beauty is an experience, how can we share that experience with others to  increase beauty in world around us. What role can social media have in creating beauty  in the world.

What  could we put  into a social media survival guide  for teens that I would want to read  as a teenanger.

MEAGHAN RAMSEY Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

Social Media and Teens Today | Sophie Page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBIHHfzrAXw

Teens and Social Media: Tatiana Gilbert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE95C5yGKvM 

What I learned from my social media fast | Amber Quinney | TEDxYouth@Buffalo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM3KIvZO5oU

Breaking Stereotypes: What Is Beauty To You? www.womensweb.in/2013/05/beauty-stereotypes-women/https://toistudent.timesofindi...uty-to-you/4095.html


Making the World a More Beautiful Place - Learning to Give

10 Ways to Make the World More Beautiful with Miss Rumphius - Jump …

Here is a map of  where my journey of discovery meets a self help survival guide. I welcome ideas and suggestions on my plan of inquiry.



Original Post

Hi Kaley!

Amazing project plan! I admire how neat and organised it is. Your topic is extremely intriguing. Evidently, beauty is a tricky topic. It's an extremely complex yet infinite word. By definition, beauty is a combination of qualities that are pleasing to the eye. People have begun to define beauty itself and say what is found under its category and what isn't. Some people think that beauty is all about wearing the newest trends. Others may believe it's about having makeup on and clothing yourself in expensive frilly dresses or suits all day. As a result, as you mentioned, there is a rise of this sentiment called insecurity. Social anxiety is a real issue. It's growing so much during the rise of social media. There's a lot of research out there that shows a link between the length of time teens are on social media and how it is connected to the amount of eating and body concerns they have. I remember reading an article saying how many surgeons are finding millennials asking them to make them look like a Snapchat filter. Scientists have even begun to call it a mental illness of "Snapchat dysmorphia". Maybe you could look into that during your third research round since this really demonstrates how connected we are to media. We think that, in order to look "beautiful", we have appear exactly like the people that we see on Instagram posts. In other words, the way society is treating us these days is to believe that we need to achieve a certain "level" of physical perfection in order to feel satisfied with one's looks. In reality, looks aren't the only concept that can identify an individual. Many argue that beauty is an emotion. You could also look into how the definition of beauty changes with every given individual as well as a general overview timeline on how it has evolved (ex. 20th century vs 21st century). As a result, I am glad that you are bringing into attention this topic. I can't wait until your research round! 

Here are some websites that may interest you:





Good luck on your upcoming research round!


Hey Kaley, 

Welcome to Butterfly Effect and a great first project plan! The amount of detail you put into it and passion was quite amazing. As the reader, I can really tell how invested you are in this inquiry project and each round seems to be throughly planned out. One addition that could be interesting for your first research round is looking into the history of fashion and how it evolved. Especially the differences between genders throughout the ages could be very interesting to investigate or even the main influencers of fashion. By looking into the past, it could help develop more sub questions on beauty and further your research rounds. Anyways here are some links to hopefully help you out. Good luck on your round of research and I look forward to reading it. 



Hey Kaley, 

Interesting inquiry. I believe that beauty is the major thing that all the ladies care about. LOL! I do agree that the definition of beauty is different. For example, in the Tang dynasty in China, people used to think "chubby" is pretty; however, nowadays, people claim that slim is the symbol of pretty. I guess that why there is a class called fashion study is because fashion changed so fast. 




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