Is It Time to Ditch the Filters?

Is It Time to Ditch the Filters?

One of my biggest self-esteem issues has come from Snapchat lately. There’s something very negative about the ability to use filters to instantly fix your skin tone, blemishes, and narrow your jawline instantly—which is the kind of ‘perfection’ I’ll never feel in real life. It’s gotten so bad that I’ll take twenty minutes to a half an hour to send the perfect selfie (something I’m very embarrassed about—especially because all that effort disappears instantly once my friends are done glancing at it. Photoshop is everywhere now, and we can access it from a number of apps and “fix” ourselves in a few seconds.

I’ve started to notice how unhappy I am now with “regular” photos—ones where I’ve not used any filters or apps to ‘fix’ my face before posting or sending them. I stare in the mirror and I start to see wrinkles that are barely noticeable to anyone but me. And instead of being proud of them, I want to erase them.

Last week I even played with an app that ages you—adding wrinkles and sunspots to your skin so you look 80. I had to put my phone down because I started to panic about aging, which is something I’ve never really panicked about before.
While it’s fun to see what we might look like with a different hairstyle, nose, or chin, we’re now expecting ourselves to look as polished and perfect in the mirror as we do in our photos. And our self-esteem is suffering for it.

One thing we can do—which I admit I haven’t been brave enough to try yet—is to ditch the filters. To stop trying to be ‘perfect’ for a ten-second photo that no one will remember. To stop judging our own social media posts based on professionals who use filters and touchups to give an illusion of a perfect life.

For 2018, maybe it’s time we took a step back and embraced our natural selves, and shared photos that show ourselves the way we really are.
It’s not nearly as glamorous or fun, but in the long run, we’ll be able to look at an unedited and unfiltered photo of ourselves and not judge ourselves negatively because of it. When we see a good photo of ourselves, we’ll know it’s because we look good, not because an app made us that way.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to ditch the filters. I might post less, and I might have a long road to recovery to get over the filtered-effects of social media, but overall, I’ll start feeling better about myself for the way that I am in real life, and less likely to want to change everything about myself because the filter doesn’t match what I see in the mirror.

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Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

I feel happy to share my experiences with you about Travel - Food - Life around the world. I hope to inspire you to Live-Love- Laugh :)

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