We are the most photographed generation ever.
Our media-crazed culture chips away at body image. But now that Facebook and other social media play starring roles in the lives of many, the chipping has changed to chiseling.
Cameras, cameras, cameras everywhere.
How does social media influence our perceptions of our bodies? It heightens our awareness. Many who were slightly obsessed with body image are now hyper-obsessed.
On the flip side, maybe the presence of social media has inspired some to live healthier due to the plethora of pictures of themselves. For example, some whose health suffered due to obesity now exercise regularly and eat healthier foods.
If beauty is in the eye (lens) of the beholder, this is certainly supremely But my fear is we are now even more saturated with negative self-talk. If I stand this way, do I look thinner? …If I tilt my head at this angle, do I look prettier?
I recently needed an updated professional headshot. Since I assisted someone in earning a BA at Brooks Institute of Photography years ago, I decided to take a few head shots with my web cam.
I experimented with what I’d learned. Different angles. Unique head tilts. Soft focus. Hard focus. Cropping this way. Cropping that way. A clean background. A warm background.
In the end, I didn’t use any of the shots.
Social Media certainly creates a new frenzy for the body image equation.
How do you think social media impacts our body awareness? Don’t be camera shy. Go ahead, share your thoughts.