Note to Selfie: drop your mask

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The Facts: On social media, we often see photos that don’t give an honest reflection of us or our situation. Often we take the photo 10 – 15 times before choosing the ‘right’ photo to use.

To think about: why do we spend so much time creating our image, even if it’s not quite right?

What if we all take off our masks ? That we agree not to disguise ourselves anymore? What if we allowed each other to be our authentic selves? Then imagine Instagram . Such a difference is almost incomprehensible.

Too many people believe that the content that appears on social media is really the truth. But it’s far from . The material chosen to appear on Facebook , or liked on Instagram, has little to do with real life. Each photo is carefully selected from an unimaginably long series of photos.

Each photo must be studied carefully to ensure that the subject does not resemble the real person anywhere. Because the real person would never get followers. No one uploads photos of themselves carrying empty bottles to the grocery store in their slippers or changing the litter box. Followers equal love. More followers = more love.

We are terrified that people will see our real selves and that our normal lives are nowhere near glorious enough. So we take 12 photos before we see which one is good enough.

NOTE TO SELFIE: MAKE SURE YOU EXTEND YOUR ARMS AND TAKE THE PHOTO FROM ABOVE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK UP. THEN YOU LOOK YOUNGER. SOCIAL MEDIA DOESN’T LIKE WRINKLES… BAD SKIN… OR THIN LIPS.

“Before I started getting ‘body positive’ on Instagram, I’d posted the photo on the left (pulling in my stomach as much as possible) and said something along the lines of ‘gained a little fat this week’ when in reality I look relaxed now, like the photo on the right”

The damage of this on our minds runs deep. It seems that the mind is quite gullible. It believes that the stories we see on social media are real. That’s why our minds start to take on some pretty bizarre masks just to keep up with Jansen’s mind. It will be a constant challenge to keep up with Jansen. But even Jansen can’t keep up with Jansen. Nobody can. It’s pierced card.

What is the effect of wearing such a mask? Depression, anxiety, frustration, shame. The ‘Mask Wearer’ knows it’s not true. And they are terrified that they will find out. Imagine someone calling you a fraud; it’s the same fear. And more worryingly, if someone falls for the mask you’re wearing, don’t think they fell for you. They are in love with the mask, the image. And that image is not real.

Let’s start a Revolution of the Real. Take off your mask. And promise yourself that you will never be anything but your most authentic self again. A mask will no longer fit in no time. Authentic beauty stays with you forever.

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