#NoFilter

I’ve Been Living Under a Rock – What Are Filters?

Let’s take a second to discuss the trend that has swept through the nation: filters. Brought to us by Snapchat, these are digitally altering effects that can be used to make you look like anything, from a dalmatian, to even a rainbow-puking baby.

 

Why Are We So Obsessed with Them?

Yes, we all call them a ‘bit of fun’, but essentially, filters have split into two very distinct categories: some are ‘Joke Filters’. These are the ones that nearly distort your whole face, making it obvious that the selfie isn’t intended to look attractive, simply funny. For example, the ones that perhaps make your face look like a giant raspberry, or a dancing panda etc.

However, the second category is more sinister – ‘No-Filter Filters’. These ones retain an element of cartoonish fun, for example dog ears, whilst digitally enhancing your face in subtle ways. For instance, the famed ‘Flower Crown’ filter narrows your jawline and nose, smooths out your forehead, widens your eyes, plumps your lips and even throws in a free set of grey contact lenses to boot. Whilst all of these may seem like obvious alterations, when put together with the guise of a flower crown being the centre of attention, these subtle changes are easily overlooked.

 

Beauty Inflation

Go through your Snapchat stories. Count the number of times you see a selfie posted without a filter – not many, huh?. So many people are now coming forward saying they feel uncomfortable to post a selfie without a filter. Why? Because these filters have re-defined what ‘beauty’ is. They have created a world where everyone is ‘beautiful’ and therefore to post a selfie without a filter automatically puts you below your filter-sporting counterpart.

But how can we conform to these beauty standards? As a generation, we should be celebrating all types of beauty; small eyes, wide nose, prominent jaw and all! But now, such features are being hidden by the contortion of pixels, designed to re-arrange your face into something completely, unnoticeably new. And the scariest part is, these filers are making us all look the same.

 

It’s All About Inner Beauty

Your use of a filter creates a domino effect, whereby the next person may feel more inclined to use one in order to keep up with this ever-inflating sense of beauty that Snapchat has created. It’s time to act. Stop using these filters and slowly we can normalise what beauty means again. We can learn to accept the wrinkles on our foreheads and the natural colour of our eyes. So, instead of spending time hiding behind a mask on social media, let’s focus on getting our inner beauty ‘on fleek’.

 

 

 

What do you think – would you be able to abandon your favourite filter?

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#Goals

Netflix and Chill

Open up Instagram and scroll down the Timeline for about 30 seconds. Did you find it? You know what I’m talking about; the inevitable #Goals post where someone’s legs are intertwined with their significant other, the glow of the Netflix homepage casting a red tinge onto their matching white Yeezys. In reality though, the owner of this photo probably had to request her boyfriend to put on his shoes (despite lying in bed), rearrange his seating position (it just wasn’t Instagrammable enough) and turn the lights on for maximum exposure (mid-movie). Those aren’t goals. Those are weird urges that people get to try and validate themselves and/or their relationship via online support in the form of the *hugging monkey* emoji, followed by “OMG you two are such #RelationshipGoals”. They’re not. As soon as she got the shot, he turned off the lights and as she delved into her photo editing apps, he turned back to the action film he was watching before she came over.

Set Your Own Goals

Let’s re-evaluate what we see as goals. What may be one person’s goal, may not be yours – perhaps owning over 54 different bronzers isn’t what you’re totally into. Maybe you’re more of a watch-every-episode-of-Friends-before-I-die type of person – who cares? Next time you feel deflated after scrolling through the maze of Instagram, remember that it is you who sets your own goals, not some hot, personal trainer couple from Australia who live practically one second away from the beach (and remind you of it daily).

 

 

 

 

 

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