#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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#DearSanta

There aren’t many things I’d like for Christmas this year, but here are my top requests:

  1. 500 new followers on Instagram (all of whom come with a 10-minute guaranteed like per uploaded photo).
  2. A celebrity shout-out on Twitter (must have a verified account and over 100k followers).
  3. A custom Snapchat filter, designed to make me look perfect from all angles – even that awkward under-chin angle that appears when you open Snapchat.
  4. A 200-character limit on Twitter (so I can #humblebrag about all my presents without subtweeting myself like last year).
  5. Oh, maybe world peace and all that kind of stuff too if you have time (if not, don’t worry – I don’t want to seem spoilt!).

 

 

Please and thank you,

 

A. Basicbitch

Xoxo

P.S. If this could all arrive on the 24th, ready for me to use on Christmas day (peak opportunity for festive social media posting), that would be ideal!

 

 

 

 

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#DoinItForTheGram

 

Let’s Set the Scene.

Take a look at the photos you uploaded from your last night out. No doubt they’re a blurry series of bottle girls with sparklers, selfies with random people from the table next to you, a snapshot of what seems to be your friend’s reaction to the funniest joke ever told, someone standing on the table at some point and maybe a botched video of a synchronised dance.

Now, Take Another Look

Now take another look. Those bottle girls weren’t headed towards your table, those random people had no idea you were in a selfie with them, and the photo of your friends laughing was meticulously chosen out of 45 different shots and an hour-long discussion over WhatsApp. That person standing on the table? They climbed up there themselves and yelled at you to take a photo of them until it looked “believably candid” (it didn’t). And that dance? You and your friends watched a quick YouTube tutorial before you left and mastered the basic moves.

The Cooler Something is, The Less Time You Have to Get Out Your Camera

Think about that night. Was it really that fun? Did you remember it though your own eyes, or through a Snapchat filter?

Next time you go out, be truly spontaneous. Our generation is obsessed with doin’ it for the ‘gram, so maybe try and do cool things without feeling the need to replicate it as soon as it happens in order to catch it on camera (“Wait wait wait, do that again! My Snapchat was still loading!”). It’s time to realise that the cooler something is, the less time you have to get out your camera.

 

#Snapchat

We Have A Problem.

The weird and wonderful world of Snapchat has completely revolutionised the way we see the world. It used to be through the lens of our eyes, but nowadays we live our greatest moments through the lens of our phone. It’s sad when you think of it like that – but if you think back to the coolest/best thing you experienced recently (getting a gift, going to a party etc.) ask yourself whether you were actually in the moment, or simply sharing the moment with your friends via Snapchat?

10 Seconds of 24 Hours

To those of you who chose the latter, you’re not alone. The My Story feature of Snapchat is an exhaustive collection of blurry club videos, elaborate desserts and dashboard views of an expensive car. But before you compare your own surroundings of a dank, rainy classroom, consider that the snap you just spent 10 seconds of your life watching, is simply 10 seconds of someone else’s life – not their whole life. Yes, there are people who wake up in a Louis Vuitton store, have a Bentley and spend every night in swanky London members-only club. However, those people are far and few between and if you’re really enjoying life, you’re not sitting there on your phone taking a photo of your new handbag; you’re actually wearing it (imagine that).

Don’t Eat and Snap

We need to stop crafting our lives around an app and start actually living it. We’re wasting the best moments of our lives opening an app, taking a photo and coming up with a caption that says “I’m blessed, but I’m humble. Don’t you want my life?” – without actually saying it. So next time you order an impressive dessert, eat it, don’t snap it.

 

 

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#IRL

Is NOT socialising the new form of popularity?

Picture the scene. You’re at lunch with your semi-friend, phones are out on the table next to your knife and fork. Wasn’t it your mother who told you no phones at the table? That rule clearly doesn’t apply these days. Your friend’s phone bleeps in the middle of your story about the bagel guy who hit on you last week. Without hesitation, she grabs her phone and giggles to herself, shifting the phone to a better texting position in her hands. You haltingly continue with your story, knowing that your words are now evaporating into the wall of Wi-Fi surrounding your friend. She nods encouragingly, muttering a sorry and you continue. She murmurs the occasional non-committal “yeah” and “really?” during the relevant pauses in your story, but you know you’ve long lost her to the likes of yik yak, or some other mind-numbing app. You stop talking and she looks up expectantly, almost offended that you don’t continue to entertain her as tirelessly as her phone does. You pick up your phone. I have friends of my own I can talk to, you know written all over your face. The next few minutes pass by in a silence only broken by the sound of four thumbs rhythmically tapping.

When the food arrives, you drop your phone and she pulls herself away from hers, still texting as she’s lowering the phone to the table, a smile and apology stretched on her lips, “So sorry about that, my phones been going crazy all morning.” The food is placed on the table and she is ready, snapchat opened, focused and ready to document (Lunch with my girllllllll #bondingtime).

You eat, you pay, you hug and she tweets, “OMG so good seeing my bae @SpellsYourNameWrong, we should do this more often!”

 

 

 

 

 

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