The Unedited Truth About Photoshop
by Sophie Friedberg
Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter. All of these sites have made it convenient for teens and adults to convey their lives to the public simply and effortlessly through a series of pictures and captions. As time passes and technology advances, this way to portray yourself only becomes easier. A by-product of this convenience is that a staggering number of people are using social media to show their consumers that their lives are seemingly flawless; they force an aesthetic that acts exclusively as a highlight reel. This unrealistic and exaggerated lifestyle sets an unfair expectation for technology consumers- especially impressionable young girls.
A tool initially designed for artistic purposes has been manipulated in order to enhance the lives and features of instagrammers worldwide: Photoshop. With Photoshop and Photoshopping apps being as simple and accessible as they are, it comes as no surprise that people are using it to erase blemishes in their lives. It has become a social norm to edit your pictures so that you can put your best and most accomplished self out for display, however this unhealthy obsession has taken hold of millions of people on the internet. Social media has become a way to not only express yourself, but to show the world that your life is indeed “perfect”. But just how high has society’s perfection standards become?
Is it not considered “perfect” anymore to have faults? Is it not considered “perfect” anymore to make mistakes? Is it not considered “perfect” anymore to be you; simply and unapologetically? Is it not considered “perfect” anymore to do what you love, instead of what your followers will love? We get so caught up worrying about what others will think about our lives, that we allow our lives to be controlled and censored by our followers. We shove our insecurities behind a color-theme and a re-touched bikini photo. We do anything we can to convince the masses of our unbroken and undamaged lives.
So why is that? Why is it that we hide everything that is true and raw about ourselves behind lies and misconception?
Why is it that we spend more time worrying about how our lives are being seen, rather than how are lives are being lived?
Why is it that we think we must be perfect? Nobody’s life is perfect, no matter how much it may seem through a screen, and as many times as it is said, it isn’t absorbed enough: you only get one life; one life to live authentically, truly, and without fear of imperfection. The unedited you is the most perfect you there is.