#NOFILTER: Why We’re Obsessed With Editing Our Social Media Photos
If you’ve never edited, photo-shopped, or applied a filter to a photo before posting it to social media, then you’re in the minority. Studies all over the world, like one from beautyheaven.com.au, have confirmed that more than 50% of women on social media admit to doctoring their photos before posting them to sites. With photography editing and photo-shopping apps available for free today, it’s easier than ever before for anyone to brighten up lighting, and remove any blemishes on their skin.
Not everyone perceives visuals the same way as others. From a scientific standpoint, the eye filters light, colors, and shadows uniquely. What you see when you look at an object outside may not appear exactly the same to the person next to you. We take in sights through our respective optic tracts, which bend and distort lighting to process what we view around us. We then deliver that information to the brain, and the brain gets the “final say” in what we actually see every day.
Essentially, your brain has its own “filter” that’s applied to photos before any doctoring even happens. It’s this visual variation that contributes to aggressive photo editing tendencies today.
It’s inevitable having everyone edit his or her photos today. Why? The media has been distorting reality for decades now. Back in the 1920s, a photo was a still shot of a person, existing in real-time, with a flash. Today, we have difference lenses, time frames, make-up, photo shopping, fans, professional lighting, and the list goes on. What we see as real isn’t really real at all. It’s an illusion.
The fashion and media industries have been concocting this narrative for some time, as we see time and time again celebrities photo shopped to look 20 pounds lighter. Naturally, we’re going to start to do it, too.
Does It Really Matter?
This brings us to the final point of the article: so what if people want to edit their photos? Personally, whatever makes people feel better about themselves with more body confidence at the end of the day is fine with me. If celebrities, heads of state, and media personnel get to project this perfect image at their discretion, then everyday people deserve the same kind of freedom.
“Realness” ended with the advent of social media. Nothing is in real-time (except Live Video), filters are applied, video editing is cut, sounds are muted, fake news is created, and the list goes on. We can’t demand that photos remain “real” while the rest of the content on social media is anything but real.
The best thing people, especially young girls, can do today is educate themselves on photo-editing practices so they are aware when they are viewing a doctored photo. Distorted image reality can contribute to weight dysmorphia and eating disorders; so instead of ignoring this widespread trend, it’s time we embrace it and learn more about identifying edits from a mile away.
It’s perfectly fine to embrace the #NOFILTER trend on social media right now. But if you want to edit your photos, that’s ok, too. Just take everything with a grain of salt.
Cyber bullying and stalking: How is it affecting famous people especially women?
The world has become a global community. Everything is interconnected and communications are quite easy now. Although the benefits of the internet and this connectivity are countless but there are some darker sides too. These dark sides are impacting some individuals to a greater extent. With every positive side, there comes a negative one too. Technology has provided us with a lot of power. Now, the way we choose to use this technology depends on us. This is how things work. Not every person in this world has a productive thought process. Some think in the wrong direction and use this opportunity for negative purposes.
Cyber bullying and stalking:
Before we get into the details of effects, there is a need to understand cyber bullying and stalking. Cyber bullying is considered as one of the most dangerous crimes in which a person is followed and contacted online. All of this is done online and everything happens against the will of that specified person.
However, the intensity of bullying can vary. There are some people who do this on a personal level and then there are some who does this on an open forum. This indirect bullying will include the actions of a third party who is posting pictures, negative comments and videos related to a specified person on social media sites. They can also make bad jokes about them. It may seem something simple or harmless to some people but all this can have drastic effects on the other person.
Another form of disturbing the other person is cyber stalking. It is a bit hidden and ambiguous as compared to bullying. Stalking is mostly an act that occurs when basic information about an individual is hacked or followed. This basic information may include location, home address, work address, web history or other major things. All this information will be utilized for harassing other person or threaten them to person some task. This can also be done to get information about the current happenings in a person’s life.
It is considered as a serious offense as it may induce several problems. The effects of cyber stalking are countless. A victim will have to pass through several non-favorable circumstances and as a result, their personality and healthy life get damaged.
Cyber stalking and bullying of famous people:
Social media platforms have provided us with the opportunity to show our talents to other people. The concept of becoming an entrepreneur by showing talents is quite common. People are making their pages on the social media sites where they promote their products and services. As a result, they become famous in a specified community. People tend to like their products or services and they continue to make money and fame out of it.
But there comes a point where negative and positive sides meet. As it is quite a healthy option to utilize social media sites for the promotion of products and services, there are some people who tend to stalk and bully those people. As a result, they have to face serious consequences. It becomes more serious when all these actions do not remain in the virtual world but come in the actual world too. Fans or other people may hinder the normal life of these people.
Effects of cyber bullying and stalking on famous people:
When it comes to effects, men and women both are facing serious consequences. However, it must be noted here that the consequences of these issues may vary as per the characteristics of the victim and the person who is doing all this. The difference will also be created as per the reaction of the victim. No matter what ways are used for handling it, all these actions have serious implications that are explained below:
1. Mental health effects:
The effects on the mental health are as follows:
· Confusions, self-doubt and the state of denial. The victim will be unsure about the situation and will wonder if they are over-reacting.
· Embarrassment and guilt
· Terror of being socially alone
· Fear of damage image
· Isolation and hopelessness
· Panic attacks and anxiety
· Lack of safety or the fear of being unsafe
· Inability to sleep properly i.e. nightmares
· Anger and homicidal thoughts
· Emotional numbness
· Inability to trust other and insecurities
· Suicidal thoughts and sometimes suicidal attempts
Apart from the above-mentioned issues, there are several other mental health issues that are faced by the victims. Sometimes the issue may lead to some serious mental health problems due to which they have to seek professional help.
1. Physical health effects:
The next category of effects is the physical health. A person who is facing the issues of stalking and bullying may have to go through several physical health issues. Due to all these issues, their quality of life will get damaged. There are a number of ways in which a victim will be physically affected. Some major effects may include difficulty in sleeping and suffering from a great issue like depression.
Some individuals may also have to bear fatigue and anxiety all the time. Due to this, they cannot concentrate on their health. Stress can negatively impact a person and they tend to withdraw all their activities. Some of the victims may also suffer from gastrointestinal problems that lead to gain of weight.
2. Social life effects:
One of the major aspects of a person’s life is their social life. An individual who is not surrounded by a social group cannot develop properly. The major effect of cyber bullying and stalking is the negative impact on a person’s social life. One of the biggest issues is the loss of confidence. A victim may think about the damage of their image, they do not find the right confidence to communicate with other persons.
No matter how famous a person is, they have to face these issues. These crimes need to be stopped by the law. It’s a high time to take serious actions against it.
How one doctor with a passion for social media built a 5-business brand empire
Close to 13-years ago, students from Harvard launched Facebook, an interactive take on MySpace for college students to exchange photos, information, and videos. Since then, it has revolutionized how we live our lives, communicate, and brand both our businesses and ourselves. With 1.4 billion daily users and counting, Facebook’s influence has spilled into a variety of social media platforms, swallowing up the picture-sharing app of Instagram in 2012.
With the popularization and spread of social media, spanning YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp, and other cherished sites, we are witnessing an entirely new class of marketers, people with purchasing power and influencing capabilities that set trends, usher in norms, and curate how we interact with social media content.
@llvvzz or llvvzz
Founded in 2010, PrincessCandyEmpire, social media handle llvvzz or @lvvzz, was the creation of Dr. Allegra Alexandra Powell MD. Capitalizing from the growing interaction on Twitter at the time, Dr. Powell created an entertaining Twitter account that has since blown up into a massive social media business and corporation. One of the account’s very first projects was the PrincessCandyEmpire Tweetmates Calendar for The American Cancer Society in 2012 and 2014.
PrincessCandyEmpire’s funny tweets gained traction, and her content started scoring features on eCards, humor sites, and other social media platforms popular at the time. Naturally creative, Dr. Powell elected to expand her Twitter presence onto all social media platforms, including Instagram, the fastest growing social media platform of today, with the founding of a new sub-brand: Candy Rehab.
Candy Rehab is where Dr. Powell really started having fun turning a hobby into laying the foundation for a social media empire. She launched a business Facebook page, a Twitter, and four different Instagram accounts that creatively display her unique says, phrases, and zingers for followers.
The momentum continued, and with each new social media account, the PrincessCandyEmpire was growing bigger and bigger.
How did Dr. Powell do it?
Running a social media empire, especially today with the increasing competition, is no easy feat. Dr. Powell early on discovered that in order to grow a social media empire, you have to be dedicated, aggressive, and passionate about your work. She opened dozens of social media accounts, all under sub-brand names to solidify her brand and her work with viewers. From there, she dedicated herself to consistent posting and constant creative social media content turnover to keep her audience engaged.
PrincessCandyEmpire has a massive audience on all social media platforms. Now a corporation, the brand is a leading social media influencer, social media building, and content branding entity for individuals and companies alike. Not to mention, it also works with social media content generation and lifestyle blogging clients.
Sway Elite International
Obviously never satisfied with the status quo, Dr. Powell has partnered with other social media influencers to establish Sway Elite International, a company that builds brands for individuals and businesses using social media influencing power.
Influencing The Future
Today, Dr. Powell is an undisputed social media influencer with 5 businesses, 35 million viewers and followers, and Google verification across all sites. Over the past 10-years, she has opened accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Periscope, BuzzFeed, Mobli, Yelp and more and has Google Analytics to prove her astronomical performance numbers.
In the meantime, Dr. Powell will continue to launch individual social media branding and influencing businesses as someone who sits at the forefront of the influencer revolution.