How does social media affect our perception of beauty?
A good question and an important question.
My answer will be so negatively.... The media always shows people that are “flawless” and seen as “beautiful”. We all know, that the media use programs like Photoshop etc., so they can edit everything out that they don’t like, for example some spots on the skin some bruises etc . When the media does this, we see it all day and tend to think that this “flawlessness” and “perfection” is the reality. So we start to compare ourself to people who had their makeup and hair done professionally, who have a clear face and bright eyes because of editing and who are in a good lighting, position, etc. And we notice, that we are different. Because in the everyday life, there is no Photoshop to cover blemishes or things that make us human. That’s why people often start to think, that they are not beautiful, because the media gives us a definition of “beauty” by showing these “perfect” people. Even if they aren’t perfect at all, because everyone has blemishes sometimes (or other “flaws”).
We compare ourself to something that is not real and something that is achievable, because we are human. We can't be perfect.
So the media affects the concept of beauty a lot negatively because we start to see this as beautiful and we start to have higher expectations at ourselves and others.
You are so smart!!! That is such a deep response. I appreciate you expressing you thoughts 💭 and they are inspiring