Social Media is a False Reality


Katelyn Benoit, Author

Social Media. One of the huge platforms on the internet for people to show their lives and feelings. Overtime, social media has transformed our lives and how we project what we think about certain topics. Especially, ourselves, our body images, and our mental health. Things like likes, followers, and comments give us a leeway on how we should look and feel. 

If you don’t have social media as a teenager, people might say that you are living under a rock. 82% of Americans use some form of social media. That equals to 223 million Americans on social media. Most of this percentage consists of the younger population in the United States. Social Media might bring us all together on an app, but in our in person lives, it tears us apart and isolates us from people. Tendencies like this can lead to many mental health issues and social problems.  

The Royal Society of Public Health asked 14–24-year-old people how these forms of social media affected their mental health and wellbeing.  The survey showed that these platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, led to increased signs of depression, anxiety, and poor body image. Poor body image can be a feeling resulting from images we see on social media that are edited and undergo photoshop.  

According to an article put out by the City University of London, “Ninety percent of women report using a filter or editing their photos before posting to even out their skin tone, reshape their jaw or nose, shave off weight, brighten or bronze their skin, and their whiten teeth.” Social media puts a stigma on how we should look. This stigma leads to altering of pictures and bodies. This stigma can be the cause of increased plastic surgery needs. 

Women are expected to look like something that they aren’t, and this is caused by social media standards. People expect them to be super skinny and curvy. Women shouldn’t have to alter their bodies and how they feel just because of a standard set by someone on the internet. We should be able look the way we want without having to be picked on for our weight, acne, and everything that is normal on our bodies. We should normalize these things on social media before things get too far.