Many of us look forward to when new filters come out on social media. They can be a lot of fun. Looking like a bunny or seeing rainbow vomit coming out of your mouth can score a lot of laughs. But, what about those filters who subtly alter who we are?
Blurring The Line
Some filters are taking on a more Photoshop approach. Facial features are enhanced in ways that standard cameras cannot accomplish. All of a sudden we are presented with an image that really isn’t us.
The “Catfish” Filter
Are you familiar with the TV Show “Catfish?” This show highlights two people who met on social media. The episodes all have one commonality. One person is not who they portray themselves to be. Some filters do the same thing. They blur the skin imperfections and round out facial features to create a more “socially desirable” face.
Looking At The Other Side
Then there are the other filters that exaggerate specific features. You can see an image of yourself with a larger nose, altered lips or even a double chin. The pictures can be pretty funny…unless, of course, you are self-conscious about any of these photos.
Not In Touch With Reality
On social media, there are endless photos of the perfect face . But, these photos are often not based in reality. That’s a real blow to those who saw social media platforms as a channel to express their authenticity. Whenever viewing these photos, keep in mind, what you are seeing may not be reality. Stay comfortable with the real you.