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Instagram Filters and Face-Tuning Apps: Where Do They Leave Our Mental Health?

Should I get nose surgery or increase the width of my lips? Questions like these run through a girl’s mind constantly, especially girls who are not comfortable with their appearances. The truth is that we cannot blame these insecurities or low confidence in this case. Human emotions are natural and it’s okay to feel a certain way. The only exception, in this case, is that we need to learn to feel comfortable in our own skin and keep the materialized beauty standards aside. 

You see, if you spend hours scrolling through the apps that can help you perfect your nose or refine your skin, you will fall into a trap. A trap that forces you to look just like influencers and celebrities posting good-looking pictures on Instagram. Moreover, it’s very tempting to start a wish where you constantly think about looking and feeling a certain way. However, have you ever wondered where that leaves your mental health, or how do these feelings impact your mind? Read on to find out. 

You Are Most Likely to Develop Obsessive-Compulsive Tendencies

A more defined jawline, perfect cheekbones, smooth skin, and a perfect body. These beauty standards are widespread and the list goes on and on. The sad part is that the spiral of beauty standards has amplified with time and 2020 was the year when people started using social media extensively. All thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, even my screen time went up not just by a notch but it went up dramatically. 

Surprisingly, even the data provided by Comcast suggests that screen time during the pandemic has increased significantly with a 60 percent traffic surge in some regions. While we can blame the lockdown for the same, we have to face the fact that most of us used Instagram and Snapchat aggressively during these crucial times. In fact, 50% of U.S. adults used Instagram so much that it became the second most used social media app

While this may be good news for Mark Zukerberg, girls and boys who constantly use these apps to stay famous or leave a strong social impression may develop obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Due to which an individual starts having unrealistic expectations. For instance, a certain body type or a certain app that corrects the texture of the skin. The west part is that your mind will create thoughts that urge an image persistent to what you see on social media. In turn, you will constantly worry and stress about how you look on social media platforms. 

Psychological Concerns Increase Naturally

People cannot help but compare themselves to social media influencers and celebrities after spending hours on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. These inhibitions turn into compulsive behaviors and slowly force people to feel bad about themselves. According to an article published on Help Guide, the impact of social media sometimes causes individuals to feel excessive amounts of stress. This, in turn, leads to the development of anxiety and depression over a certain period of time. After all, these are negative thoughts and they can cause anxiety without your realization. 

While social media standards raise psychological concerns, FOMO, i.e. fear of missing out on social media develops an uneasy feeling. Have you wondered what this feeling is and how it can affect your mental health? Well, let’s put things into perspective. First, and foremost, FOMO (fear of missing out) lowers your self-esteem, triggers social anxiety, and most vitally it causes inferiority complexes. As a result, people who feel they are missing out on social media get addicted to using social media frequently. If you look at it, the concept is quite similar to developing CBD vapes or alcohol addiction. The main point is that any type of addiction is bad for your mind and body. 

All in all, these changes in psychological behaviors cause an individual to react compulsively. Simply put, it means that a person feels compelled to use the phone. Now, imagine picking up your phone as soon as it lights up to check the updates, respond to comments, or watch lives while driving. Are you not putting your life at risk? Or else missing out on a good night’s sleep and real-world conversations? Yes, you are, but most vitally you are impacting your mental health. 

Final Thoughts 

Social-media driven beauty standards will affect your mental health. Even beauty apps and face correction tools will lead you to think that you lack what others have. Your mind will constantly run along the lines: wish I looked like this, wish I had the perfect face cut, or wish I had a toned body. While these standards have become a trend and social media makes it impossible for us to ignore them. It’s scary to think that how these standards submerge deep in our subconscious causing anxiety and depression. 

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