Nowadays, one can count on one hand how many stories or pictures are posted on Instagram a day without either a filter or makeup on. And because of this, Instagram has become an unrealistic sounding board for what beauty is supposed to be, a method of comparison. Instagram posts have become the thing with which one measures beauty. Yet God forbid you to post a picture where the sun isn’t hitting you just right, or your cheeks don’t have that “naturally” flushed look, or a picture where you’re not looking off to the side with a misty look on your face, unaware of a camera. Because the beauty one strives for now, is not only unreachable but spontaneous. Or God forbid the existence of a public picture that contains blemishes on the skin and portrays a normal human being with pores.
The dangers of the internet will never go away. From promoting false advertisements to making people believe they aren’t skinny enough or pretty enough; companies are constantly preying off our insecurities. If you have ever looked up workout challenges on Youtube, you will notice that a lot of the videos tell you it’s possible to lose 25 pounds or get abs in a week. The reality is that these clickbait videos are creating unrealistic beauty standards and can be harmful to everyone, especially the younger generation.