Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and now real life, all using filters.
I use social media every single day, it’s a huge part of my job. I whack filters on some of my Instagram pictures and when I’m getting my Snapchat on (Usually when I’m on the toilet for some reason… Read HERE!) I’m all about the filters. I use them to enhance my photo’s or just for fun… Usually just for fun.
Now, I’m an adult. I understand filters are a tool, they’re just technology that we have access to. My big worry that quite frankly scares the bejesus out of me, is that children of today don’t have that life experience most of us parents have. The time before filters. Children don’t see Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and all the others as a technological tool to be used for fun and creativity. They see filters as the standard, the target, the goal that they must achieve. There’s a filter called ‘Beauty Face’, it irradiates any blemishes you may have on your face and makes your skin look like one of them models on TV advertising moisturiser. I’ve used it and laughed that I’d make a great model….. I wouldn’t!
The major problem society has created, is that my daughters, your daughters in particular, but now more than ever also our sons, are seeing these blemish vanishing filters as the standard in which they must compare themselves to. It’s bullshit!! Is anyone real anymore? If you don’t look like Beckham or Taylor Swift (Beckham is unbelievable, Taylor was just a random pick) then you need a filter or people will realise you’re a troll. That’s the message that’s ‘filtering’ down to our children.
This is scary. Moving on further, I strongly believe kids today see so many happy, positive and filtered lives across social media, it makes it harder than ever to open up about any problems they’re going through. How can they ever speak to their friends about confidence issues they might have after posting a duck face pose with buttercups in their hair 5 seconds ago?! How would you go about opening up your insecurities to a friend that’s just hit 1K followers on Instagram?
How do kids converse with themselves in their own heads about anything? ‘I’m feeling a bit low because of stress from school tests and that girl said I was ugly. I can’t tell anyone though because I’ve looked on Facebook and I’ll be the only one that feels like this, everyone else is having a great time.’ – I’d imagine something along those lines.
I’m not saying everytime you feel stressed, take a photo of you looking like a bag of spanners and post it online telling the world to screw itself. I think the approach we need to take is purely to educate our children better. Tell children, show children and educate them that people online only share the good things, everyone at some stage feels like shit. Maybe don’t swear when explaining this though…. 🙂
99% of the things I share online are either for work or about good times. Why not?! I don’t want to remember let alone share the time Corben was in hospital, or the time he had a reaction to nuts. I don’t want to show everyone I had a huge spot on my arse which effected how I sat down for 2 days…. You don’t want to see that, do you?
People can share what the hell they want on the internet, positive or negative. What we need to change, is not necessarily what’s put online but how our children view it.
What do you think? Any solutions? See you online…. @dadvworld