“She totally photoshopped that.”
In one of my classes this semester, we had a debate over whether people portray themselves accurately on the internet. Most people agreed that we portray ourselves semi-accurately, depending on our audience. For example, almost everyone agreed that what they would post on Facebook/LinkedIn is different than what they’d post on Snapchat/Instagram. What people didn’t agree on, however, is how they feel about people editing their photos before they post them.
Now days, you absolutely could photoshop a photo of a person beyond recognition. But you also can just tweak a few things (shown above.) For example, when I’m about to post a photo on Instagram, I may do any, or all, of the following: whiten my teeth, add a few filters, erase red patches or pimples, crop it so it doesn’t show unflattering limbs, delete fly aways, maybe even smooth over a lumpy stomach. My argument to you is: What’s it to ya?
So what if someone wants their photo to have whiter teeth? So what if they have dog ears on their head from a flattering snapchat filter? So what if they feel more confident if they erase that huge zit on their forehead? When I post a picture, it’s partly because I’ll want to look back on it and remember that day. Do I really want to look back and see that zit, and be reminded how self-conscious I was about it all day? OR I could look back and remember how much I laughed that day.
“That’s so fake. That’s not even you, then?”
Definitely still me. That zit did not define me. That fly-away hair does not make up the person that I am. Those are results of having skin, and a windy day. I am still the same me before and after editing those out.
Final thought- As long as I love the in-person-zits-no-makeup-t-shirt me, I think it’s just fine to love the filtered-photoshopped me.
So, can we all agree to stop saying: “She’s so fake, she photoshopped that.” Because honestly, she looks great, and she’s obviously confident enough to post it…
SO WHAT’S IT TO YA?