The Negative Effects Of Social Media

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Exquisitely long legs, unrestricted by the page’s dimensions, stretch across a magazine. Flawless mannequins, blind to disproportion, illuminate store windows. Breathtaking photos, unfettered by a single blemish, pervade social media. Beauty is defined by the distorted criteria manifested by society. How is an individual affected by living in a society governed by this slanted definition of beauty? How is a woman supposed to flaunt her legs when they’re merely stubs in comparison to the model’s in Cosmopolitan? How is a man with a short stature and a flaccid stomach able to strut with confidence when he passes by a 6’5” figure with rigid abs in the window of Nordstrom? How is a teenager expected to adore the mirror’s reflection when it differs from those of the millions of photos…show more content…
Others refute this statement with beliefs that this cultural definition of beauty isn’t harmful to individuals. This dissatisfaction and attempts to cure it by various means of body alteration have proven to induce a multitude of physical and psychological ailments, however, some overlook the magnitude of these negative effects on the individual. Undoubtedly, society’s obsession with attaining this falsified “beauty” has designated social media, beauty-enhancement industries, victims of body dysmorphic disorder, and psychologists as primary stakeholders in this pressing issue. Social media plays a significant role as a stakeholder in the issue of society’s effect on self-image. Social media sites carry great weight in this issue because they have the ability to catalyze and magnify society’s negative impact on individuals’ self-esteem, while they also possess the power to promote self-acceptance and body positivity. Because of this capacity, social media can earn public favor for advocating positive self-image, or it can elicit public disapproval for fostering an exclusive view of beauty. Often,

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