In today’s day and age, life revolves around social media. We tend to post everything we do. From shopping, what we eat, what we bought from the store and sometimes even what we don’t do.
Aside from Facebook, Instagram has been the vast majority of where people go to when we want to see what our family or friends are up to. It has grown substantially, that people can’t live without it. Proof? People literally panicked when Instagram had a huge outage not tool long ago.
I follow a lot of people on Instagram. They vary from my family, friends, fitness people and creators.
Often we see these picturesque posts that people post and think that “man, I suck in life”! At least that’s what I think. You get this feeling of envy towards these picture perfect people with their lavish lifestyle, perfectly toned abs and super smooth face. But are they even real? I thought they were until I stumbled upon the world of Reddit. It’s like the mother of all social medias. They have the first look of the latest meme before it ever hits Facebook! They have all sorts of groups (subreddits) that you could ever imagine. If you can think of it, they have it. I’m not even kidding!
Anyway, one of the subreddits I am subscribed to is called instagramreality. Based on the name, it shows Instagram photos at it’s finest but also points out the flaws. Yes, flaws. Flaws and fails of super editing photos. From over Facetuning (is this even a word?!) to bent poles. They have it all. Don’t believe me? You can check them out here. What sucks about it is most of the photos I see are from creators that I already follow on Instagram. It’s shocking to me how you can really see the failed edits of the photos.
Don’t get me wrong, I love using filters every now and then on my Instagram but it’s one of the obvious ones. Sidetrack, my current fave is the hearts from Snapchat 🙂
The current trend is the butt enhancements. Who needs a butt implant when you have an app for that, eh? Whenever I see these photos, I feel defeated because not only do I pay a lot of money to go to the gym but I literally work my a** off to get a bigger behind. Then these ladies feel that they can just alter is with one click of a button.
I scroll through this subreddit and it’s so sad how these people feels the need to alter their body, their face. What happened to be happy with yourself?
I hear and read a lot of stories about people taking their own lives because they feel like they can’t live up to the standards of the people they see on Instagram. Or people starving themselves to get that perfect hourglass figure ala Kylie Jenner. But sometimes, they get those photo fails too. Surprised?
I am making this post not to make these people feel bad but to make you aware that not all you see on Instagram is real. They are normal people too just like us, some of them are just really good in editing their photos.
So you listen, yes you! YOU are beautiful. YOU are handsome. YOU are perfect!