When I started using social media, I noticed my generalization within my posts. I was known for being the girl who was over-sharing about my personal life. When I started to see that people would mention or comment on things I had posted, I felt shocked and surprised that they knew everything about my personal life. I was not too fond of the feeling of someone knowing so much about me, yet I had never met meet them in person. That is when I realized I was oversharing my personal information, allowing them access to my personal life. I had decided it was time to change how I chose to appear on social media. I started only posting about when I was traveling, making home improvements, and my dog. As I made those changes, people still had made assumptions about me and my personal life. It made my interaction with people I met for the first time more of an emotional connection and allowed them to know who I am in person. We all construct our social media when we choose what we post. Do our post of the intention behind it? Are we doing it to protect our personal life, or are we pretending to be someone we are not in person?
As a female in social media, I came across two examples that are constructed but still have my struggles to know what is real vs. fake media. “Where we used to complain about how we looked in a mirror, more people criticize their photos instead of their reflection.”The first example is about the female body image of weight. As I work out to try to maintain my body weight and stay healthy, I still find myself comparing my body to other social media influencers. I will never look as beautiful, fit, or even meet the ideal body weight standards.
The second picture I am using as an example is one I can relate to. That is skin beauty. I have always suffered from skin acne and dealing with the perfect clear skin. I have personal experience where an influencer will post a beautiful, flawless skin picture that looks to be the perfect skin to have. But in reality, their skin is nearly comparable to their image when you see them in person. “distorting reality beyond all reason and creating unrealistic aspirations for their followers. Like it or not, Instagram influencers are very real and affect impressionable young minds, leading to all kinds of self-esteem and mental health issues as people try to chase unattainable bodies and lifestyles.” My goal is to try to be the most realistic possible. I enjoy an excellent basic filter to help the current event I am trying to capture, but I have never dared to photoshop or make changes to my appearances.