In 2003, the electronic company Sony came out with a flip phone called The Ericsson Z1010 that would have the world’s first ever front facing camera (Quito). Years after that, Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of apple, would introduce the first front facing camera on the iPhone 4. According to Jobs and the CEO of Sony, these front facing cameras were intended to enhance business meetings. Social media websites such as Instagram were the first ones to introduce the idea and provided a platform to not only use the front facing camera to take pictures of yourself, but also to enhance the way you look in these selfies. But one thing was lost when the front facing camera was created. A sense of self worth. I find it to be no coincidence that in recent years depression has sky rocketed to the point where people with psychology majors finally could contribute to society.
I have said in previous blogs that social media is a war of recognition. People care more about what people see on their social media pages and feeds than how people view them in real life. It’s all about the content that you post online that matters. This applies especially to selfies and photos of oneself. What if a person doesn’t have the hour glass figure body? What if they have acne? It’s simple, just throw a filter over it and no one will recognize that you have. Individuals have lost self worth and completely distanced themselves from the fact that they have flaws that can’t be covered up in real life. Some are skinnier, some are a bit rounder and bigger, some of us have acne and some have skin as smooth as a baby’s butt. This has contributed to the depression rate because individuals get called out and body shamed in real life over flaws they hide online. THAT SHOULD BOTHER ALL OF YOU!
Once again this is yet another example of people taking technology and distorting it and turning it into an evil thing. Now that being said I am a horrible hypocrite because I myself am a bit of a social media addict, but I know where I stand on it. I don’t hide anything when it comes to pictures of myself. I am confident enough in my ugliness that if you want to call me out on it then go right the fuck ahead because this is what you get. I also know that in reality we all have flaws and imperfections. They will never go away no matter what social media enables you to do with your face or your body. We cannot continue to hide from the truth because it is only making things worse. That is why so many people develop eating disorders because the truth of who they really are eats them up inside to the point that they want to look how they appear online or even how others appear online. Again, another thing that SHOULD BE BOTHERING ALL OF YOU! So think about this the next time you feel like posting a selfie with a ton of filters on it.