I consider myself a Snapchat grandma, and by that I mean I find looking at my face in filters entertaining but I don’t know how to use the bulk of the tools there. Ninety percent of the time I will screenshot the snapshot image (or download) and text it to my boyfriend (or mom) if it is cute enough.
That being said, I do REALLY enjoy looking into those beautiful filters and say god I am so cute.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL!?!
As I am enjoying the many ethereal versions of my face one or two things usually happen.
- The filter drops and I am exposed to my flawed and poorly angled face. This exposure is usually followed by me making some startled face and shaking my face until the filter realigns.
- I have spent way too much time staring into the filter hole, and I get up to pee where I am exposed to my FPAF (flawed and poorly angled face).
Recently, my boyfriend has mentioned how I don’t need those filters; and how beautiful I am without them. #NoFilter, and this got me thinking.
What is wrong with how we look naturally…and what does morphing my face into prescribed beauty perfection doing for my body image?
I took a look at several articles (my interest was peaked), and found that social media filters have been causing really scary levels of body dysmorphia ( a mental disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that, to others, is either minor or not observable.)
Not only did I understand how that could happen…I realized it had been happening to me. The bottom line is that while perfection does not exist, you are perfect at being you and it is ok JUST TO BE YOURSELF!
It’s not easy sometimes, and gosh dang it, I know how fun those filters can be, but keep it fun don’t let it make you think any less of yourself. Practice looking at yourself and pointing out three good things every morning and night, limit your filter usage and practice NSL (Natural Selfie Lovin) every once in a while. I know I am going to give it a try!