Mental health and Social Media

We are all obsessed with how we look. It’s something that society has actually made us comfortable with. The fact that we are constantly trying our hardest to “look the best” and to impress others is now normal to us is truly worrying. But that is all it is , society and social media. It comes down to society and the way social media can twist it’s way to our judgement and make us want to work towards completely unrealistic goals. Have you ever realised that the girl you see shaving her legs on tv never had any hair to begin with ? Exactly. People on social media and adverts are portrayed to be perfect and flawless which we can be honest and say is not real at all. More followers, more likes, more recognition , a little bit of time in the limelight to have that attention. Who wouldn’t love it?

The way women are portrayed to be something that half of them are not can lead others to feel obliged to be the same. Seeing a certain body type being idolised by nearly everyone and then looking in the mirror and feeling almost crushed from staring back at your reflection and not seeing something completely different can really take a toll on our minds. Mental health issues can derive from cases like this, mainly talking about eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia but also other mental health issues like depression. “Research has found that 20% of anorexia sufferers will die prematurely from their illness. Bulimia is also associated with severe medical complications” https://www.b-eat.co.uk/about-beat/media-centre/information-and-statistics-about-eating-disorders

I read these statistics about the amount of people actually affected by these health problems and i was astounded. Seeing cases of girls literally driving themselves to starvation and damaging themselves not only physically but emotionally is not only upsetting but angering to a certain level. Some take it as weakness and believe that it all comes down to each individual and how much love they have for themselves. But can they really help it? When growing up their being told what to love? Being taught what to accept as being loveable?. Just from growing up with Disney princesses having the thinnest waist with the widest hips , it has been subliminally implanted in our systems for as long as we can remember. The fantasy of this idea of perfection , but that’s all it is a fantasy.

However blaming it on social media and wanting to abolish it as a whole is easy but we need to remember it comes down to people with jobs. Social media and advertisements that we see on tv are made by people with jobs and that have to make things sell. They need to physically manipulate us in order to make their money. The point being is would possibly putting end to all this false advertisement cost people their jobs?. At the end of the day there’s more to it than meets the eye.