Editing Apps Damage Our Perception of Reality

A picture of the facetune app.

Molly Kennedy

A picture of the facetune app.

Samantha Grunden, Opinions editor

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As our lives move forward with technology it is inevitable that our presence on social media will continue to grow. However, with this comes the false realities posed by our online presence and the effects they have on society. Many tend to have an alternate persona and life on social media, and with advancements in editing becoming accessible to everyday citizens, this can be damaging to our sense of realism. Many teenage girls have witnessed friends using Facetune to cinch their waists and smooth the cellulite on their thighs. A lot of young girls make their body look completely different and they genuinely feel better after editing these photos. Societal pressures, negative social evaluations and even bullying can result in body dysmorphic disorder or eating disorders. These mental disorders are very commonly formed during adolescence, and according to the National Library of Medicine, “body image is important during adolescent development.” If teens are constantly comparing themselves to others on social media and manipulating their bodies, this can cause a negative body image in their minds. As a society, we post pictures only in our finest moments, and depend on editing to make images look better. Many people take multiple photos, using different angles and lighting to get our best selves captured. However, if our best self is always being shown on social media, when do we get the chance to just be us? A new and popular tactic for advertisements are Instagram “promos”. A lot of celebrities or Instagram verified woman are promoting brands because companies look toward people who are famous for their bodies. Promotions for products like Skinny Teas, Waist Trainers, Sugar Bear Gummies, and many more are dangerous and damaging to the minds and bodies of consumers. The problem is the blatant fact that these celebrities edit their bodies to look the way they do. These products are just placebos that don’t actually work because an edited body is not a real body. Promoting unhealthy products to look like fake images is harmful to people’s self esteem and can be damaging to our bodies in the long run. Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Khloe Kardashian have all promoted Flat Tummy Tea. This tea is a weight loss substance that has no science behind it but is promoted by people who edit themselves to have a “flat tummy” and therefore consumers believe it works. Teenage girls are getting their confidence torn down post by post. As a society we need to teach more about self love, being honest to ourselves and realize how editing our bodies to look more “attractive” by society’s standards is more harmful than fun. So how do we get people to stop using photoshop for the worse? “You need to be able to love yourself with and without the editing.” Said Emilee Brown, a sophomore at West Springfield High School. Social media may tell us to look a certain way, but when you love yourself for who you are, expressing yourself on social media is a lot more fun