Self-Image In The Age Of Instagram
- A photograph taken with a smartphone or other digital camera by a person who is also in the photograph, especially for posting on a social-media website. – Dictionary.com
March 16th was "No Selfie Day" and it got me thinking, has the age of selfies and social media crushed our self-esteem? Or are they in fact creating narcissistic adolescent monsters?
Despite popular perceptions linking selfie culture to high self-esteem, “beauty” filters on social media sites such as Snapchat and Instagram can create an environment where the only images that many us rate “worthy” of posting are put through a distorted lens. According to several recent studies, those with the lowest self-esteem tend to be most affected by social media.
It seems social media amplifies the problem, because it’s most likely to cultivate feelings of loneliness and self-loathing. That said, it’s more important now more than ever that we practice self-love.
Over the past few years I’ve been suffering from a case of ‘comparisonitis’. I really wanted to create Millennial Girl Club as a place where I felt good and not bad about myself, further to that, I wanted to create a platform where women were empowered and not ashamed to be themselves.
So, what can you do when you’re feeling #Fugly?
Follow body positive social media accounts
By exposing yourself to more realistic images of women, inspirational quotes and positive language it will hopefully become easier to accept yourself as the beautiful person you are.
Avoid negative self-talk
Learn to identify and challenge your negative self-beliefs and refocus your thoughts to something more constructive. Instead of beating yourself up, ask yourself: How would my best friend talk to me in this situation? Then do things and talk to yourself like they would.
Limit your time on social media
When you compare your life, yourself and what you have to other people’s lives and what they have then you will be constantly unhappy. So, replace the hours on social media with something better – real life experiences. Pick up a new project, write or get active.
Connect with people who love you
Spend more time with positive, uplifting people. Talking to loved ones about how you feel can help you to reassess how you view yourself.