Maybe it’s just me but seeing perfect celebrities makes me feel like shit. I look at these women who are totally perfect (whether they are naturally that way, have a whole team putting them together or they had surgery to get there) I feel so much less than.
If somebody talks about how attractive and sexy a superstar like Beyonce or Nicki Minaj are I think to myself, “I’ll never look like that. What can I offer the world if I don’t look like her?”
I shouldn’t compare myself to these superstars but sometimes I do.
For most of my life I have compared myself to my peers in school and university. I would usually envy how thin they were compared to me, how they dress better than me or how naturally beautiful they were without the need for makeup. It was pretty difficult because I didn’t feel beautiful until my early 20s.
It also goes beyond just celebrities. Instagram can be a positive place but also one where perfect people go to show the world how perfect they are. I scroll through on the discover page and see women that I will never ever look like.
It makes me jealous, insecure and feel like a frumpy slug.
I asked myself, “Why can’t I look like that?” too often. It’s really not great for my mental health.
I sometimes think that if I looked more like some of the girls on Instagram that people would like me more. That my boyfriend would love me more if I looked that way. That he is settling for a frumpy slug when out there I’m sure is an Instagram model looking woman that he could be with.
I even consider deleting my makeup Instagram that I have put so much time and money into because I don’t think I’m pretty or talented enough compared to the others out there.
How does the Internet and social media apps like Insta effect your mental health? Does it ever make you feel insecure about yourself?
Next post is going to be more positive! I’ll write a positive rebuttal to this post so keep your eyes peeled for that soon!
I think a lot the beauty that’s seen on social media is quite superficial and staged. While that does get a lot of attention, there’s definitely a place for people who are more real. I’m very selective about my social media because I want to see regular people with real issues, not fake-perfect people.
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True it is staged but it still makes me feel like poop. I would rather see real humans as well, they’re much better.
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I fully agree with Ashley on this one. I’ve talked about it a bit on my blog, but I feel like people put forth a false persona, the “happy life” persona on social media. It’s part of why my personal FB/Insta are private, because that’s where I get to “live” whereas my makeup and blog Instas are open and the makeup one specifically is where all of my super-edited photos go.
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