Do you know anyone’s Instagram profile that looks so grand, giving you pangs of jealousy and then your only wish is to have a life like them. A lot of teenagers today are in race with each other to show off their lifestyle. From the shoe they picked up to the brand they often shop for and all those extravagant places they visit, it’s all displayed on their Instagram profile but the sad part is “Not everyone lives exactly as they show it on INSTAGRAM” . Though their Instagram profile is full of colors, their life in fact might be a lot more dull.
“i am gonna wear my hair high up with a bow tie”, “I need to order the super boost power shake to slim my body today” Why??? Coz’ those are the trending hashtags on Instagram.
Let me show you something:
#Thighbrow Is Instagram’s Newest Selfie Trend, And Here’s What You Should Know
Selfie trends come and go, but this newest method seems to have taken hold in a manner best explained by the world’s butt obsession. The #thighbrow stands in sharp contrast to its main foe, the “thigh gap.” That trend (which still has its fans in pro-anorexia forums) featured women posing in such a way to show off their slenderness. Thigh gap was exactly what it sounded like — the showing off of a gap between one’s legs — but the #thighbrow is an altogether different beast. More explained here.
INSTAGRAM PHOTOS CONTAIN HALF TRUTH
It is affecting the way we perceive ourselves.
A mindless scroll through Instagram, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Utah Valley University and Humboldt University Berlin, can be more damaging to your psyche than you think – Says Adriana Mariella
Studies conducted on the negative effects of Facebook showed that users were likely to develop feelings of depression, loneliness, resentment and lowered self-esteem. Unsurprisingly, the most negatively charged aspects were those linked to photo sharing.
More specifically, it’s linked to the pleasure-loathing phenomenon that accompanies pseudo-stalking photos of others’ seemingly better lives and sharing your own photos as a way to project an equally envy-inspiring social media persona.
Though Facebook dilutes these effects with shared articles, games and other non-photographic updates, Instagram is solely dedicated to the sharing of photos (and now, videos) that are, more often than not, significantly edited.
Though these studies focused only on Facebook, the basis of their findings is easily applicable to Instagram.
When all we can see of each other’s lives is whatever fits within perfectly filtered squares, we’ll inevitably do the kind of harmful self-assessment that keeps us thinking that the grass really is greener on the other side — that everyone else’s lives are more perfect than our own.
What might make you green with envy through the lens of X-Pro II might, at best, be mediocre through the lens of real life. When we look at Instagram, we see a life literally cropped and filtered — a perfectly-set dining room table, while there’s a half-renovated living room just beyond the frame.
Instagram is imperatively filled with half-truths and optimizations of life, yet we still use it to gauge our own. For some reason, though, we don’t consider Instagram photos to be as manipulative of reality as the photos in magazines.
This is because despite the editing, they seem more accessible because we know the photographers.
As I pour over my feed, I find myself asking why I can’t look like one girl or another, why my outfits aren’t as cute, why my “skinny arm” always fails or why my weekend outings aren’t as exciting as everyone else’s.
I’m always saying, “I just want to be her,” or “His life is so cool” because no matter how much I love my own life, someone’s will always be better looking on Instagram.
Through this process, we’re breeding a culture of people who are not only fascinated with looking, but are also permanently aware that they are being looked at.