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    HuffPost HighlineJesselyn Cook5/20/2136 min
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    • Alexa2 weeks ago

      When will we collectively learn to untether our self worth and identity from the picture we see on the screen.

      This hits home. I couldn't scroll insta anymore without losing it, and r/instagramreality is a great place to learn to spot it before you spiral into self loathing.

      I'd say these gals shouldn't just delete facetune, they ought to nuke insta from their lives. From experience i can say your body dysmorphia will fade away.

      A really compelling look at whats happening with the 20-something internet humans these days, i worry for them and what its doing to our collective narcissism.

      • DellwoodBarker
        Reading streakScribe
        1 week ago

        🆙💯

      • Pegeen
        Top reader this weekScoutScribe
        1 week ago

        Really important post Alexa. I had no idea such an app existed. This is haunting. The addictive factor escalates the seriousness of this issue. I feel SO badly for these young women. What a nightmare!

    • DellwoodBarker
      Reading streakScribe
      1 week ago

      This isn’t a pleasant read. The struggle for and lack of self-love here is so prevalent and permeates this read; as does the unrealistic illusions of perfection.

      As a gay man I can’t help but wonder how these app trends affect men and others in the LGBTQ community. Back when I did use Instagram I got sucked into those algorithms that stuffed my feed with man candy “perfection” in a similar fashion to what is expressed in the article above. And I was playing into the addiction and feeding it with every like. I even had a “fantasy boyfriend” in San Paolo Brazil (fans self even to this day). Having detoxed from that I am grateful and I really focus on appreciating bodies of all types because I know that even gay media perpetuates this kind of dangerous mental grooming. I wonder how many of the male profiles I liked fall into the same photo enhancements as this article expresses.

      Today is a Great Day for self-lovin and self-care. Giving myself a big hug this a.m.

      I hope trends like expressed above become a dying breed. The harmful effects are baffling, jaw-dropping and catastrophic.

      1. Update (6/4/2021):

        Correction: São Paulo

    • jeff
      Reading streak
      1 week ago

      What struck me the most is how obsessive these girls are over making such small adjustments to their images. That's not to downplay the issue of course, if anything it probably makes the addiction even more sinister. Given the examples though, I just can't believe that the tuned versions would get over 2x the amount of likes of the originals. I'm wondering if there's some warped perception issues going on with that or I guess more likely I'm just completely out of touch since I don't use any photo sharing apps.

    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 week ago

      Absolutely heartbreaking. The message of “not being enough” is endemic in our culture, especially among women. So is the constant compulsion to compare. This has “serious disaster” written all over it. I imagine suicides to rise among 20 year old women. How can we stop the madness?