Society's Obsession with Aesthetics in the Age of Social Media

Let’s get into society’s obsession with beauty, especially in our social media age. We’re bombarded with flawless faces and ‘perfect’ bodies every time we open our apps. But let’s be real, this whole beauty game is very toxic. 

Glow-Up Culture: Blessing or Curse?

Alright, who hasn’t spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, obsessing over those #GlowUp posts? Beauty standards have always been around, but now, thanks to social media, they’re literally everywhere. Back in the day, it was all about magazines and TV. Now, it’s influencers and celebs living their best (and most edited) lives.

The gag is, most of what we see online is so heavily filtered it’s practically fake. We’re talking Photoshop, Facetune, filters, AI, you name it. It’s like a beauty Hunger Games, and we’re all just trying to survive without losing our minds.

The Social Media Trap

Social media is like that bad habit you can’t quit. On one hand, it’s amazing because we get all these cool beauty tips and hacks. On the other hand, it’s a pressure cooker of unrealistic standards. How many times have you taken a 1000 selfies to get that one ‘perfect’ shot? Yeah, same here.

Platforms like Insta and TikTok have become the new beauty dictators. Sure, there’s a lot of talk about ‘Self Care’ and ‘Body Positivity’, but let’s not kid ourselves. The pursuit of that ‘perfect’ look is still the main event. It’s honestly exhausting.


Mental Health: The Real Casualty

It’s really no secret that this beauty obsession is seriously messing with our mental health. Staring at those perfect pics all day can make anyone feel like a troll. The constant comparison game? Total mood killer. It’s easy to feel like you’re always falling short, and that’s not cute.

This never-ending chase for beauty can lead to anxiety, depression, and a whole lot of self-doubt. And don’t even get me started on the $$$ we blow trying to keep up with every new beauty trend. Can we live? Honestly the constantly evolving beauty standards are a capitalist wet dream.

Keeping it real

So how do we stop this madness? It starts with keeping it real. More influencers are dropping the filters and showing their true selves, and honestly, it’s about time. We need to celebrate our ‘imperfections’ because that’s what makes us unique.

By posting our unedited selves, we’re saying, “This is me, deal with it.” Let’s create a space where we can be real and lift each other up.

Celebrating Diversity

One of the few perks of social media is that it gives a voice to all kinds of beauty. We’re seeing more diversity in skin tones, body types, and styles, which is a total win. Let’s hype each other up and stop trying to fit into a one-size-fits-all mold.


The Future of Beauty

Looking ahead, it’s up to us to redefine beauty. Let’s use social media to empower, not tear down. Share your real self, support others, and remember that beauty is more than skin deep. It’s about confidence, kindness, and embracing who you are.

While our society’s beauty obsession isn’t fading anytime soon, we’ve got the power to flip the script. By being authentic and celebrating our individuality, we can create a more inclusive and positive beauty culture. So next time you’re scrolling through your feed, remember: most of it’s a facade. Appreciate the unique beauty that you bring to the table. You’re stunning, just the way you are. 


Zenith xo

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