Social Media is Not For Everyone …
Article – Social Media
Social Media is not for everyone, but there is a growing trend of people using social media to improve their self-image. According to Andra Siibak, “visual self value both the aesthetic, emotional, self-reflecting as well as aesthetic-symbolical [are] aspects of photographing” and sharing those photos online. Sometimes life requires more than just keeping track by photography alone, and the sharing of your thoughts has proven to be additionally helpful in reducing “feelings of depression and loneliness.” How much social media “effects … our mental health and well-being [has] been a topic of much debate.” Although studies have shown “dissatisfaction … [with] overall appearance and body” when participants are reviewing their own photos, “women’s perception of their own appearance changed” when “interacting with [their] peers.” How much can sharing help to improve self-image?
From my personal experience with photography the more photos you take the worse you look, know your good days by looking in the mirror first, and then check yourself in a lense. My first selfies were taken by disposable camera [or digital], today we are lucky enough to screen ourselves before we take a photo. Don’t forget to capture the moments, not photo because you need to look good, but photo because you feel good and want to capture that moment on your good days. We can’t look our best everyday, know that as each day passes you get older, so don’t be too critical of yourself as you look on any particular day, sometimes looking back on a day when you didn’t think you looked your best, turns out to be a keeper for your selfie albums. Eventually it turns out that as you looked younger photos you tend to prefer to share than recent photos. Especially for profile photos, using past photos not recent ones.
Overtime likewise as you see improvements to your image, you’ll see improvements to other areas of your life with that newfound positive attitude toward yourself achieved by self-photography. Don’t be ashamed if you have more selfies than group photos, its sad some of us need practice, do not show up to brunches in pajamas, lesson learned. -We all miss our college years, its easy to become nostalgic looking at old photos, especially how few of them you have compared to now, thanks to iPhone. Remember your good years, don’t be too hard on yourself now, and practice makes perfect. -Not only did I share photos of myself online, but like others shared my thoughts, its amazing how much changes overtime, through the gift of sharing, there’s always room for improvement, it seems that anything you put on display automatically improves overtime, if you keep at it, the beginning of any new hobby is exciting, and if you are as excited about self-photography or thought sharing then social media is for you. I’m glad I started participating while in my 20s, now in my 30s in a much better place mental health wise, and happy to share what I have learned and how I have grown as a blogger online.