Editing Gone Too Far

If you are like me and use social media you’ve probably noticed a lot of editing. Editing has become so intense in the use of photography, specifically Instagram. It started out with filters, then came the smaller adjustments and now we can edit ourselves to the extreme. It no longer takes a professional, only apps and a swipe of a finger. 

I’m not saying editing it awful. I do it and hell, I bet you do too. Almost every Instagram lover has their “go-to” apps that they routinely use for all of their photos. Again, that includes myself. I use apps for every picture. I won’t lie about it, but I think there is a line. Or a point when someone edits themselves beyond what’s realistic. I don’t think editing out one pimple it bad, but editing out all your pores and part of your nose? To me, that’s too far. It’s funny, we always blame society for negative body-images and the need to look perfect. Guess what though, we are society and by editing ourselves to that extreme we are telling others that this is the norm and that this is what they need to look like too. Just think about that for a sec.

For the visual learners out there, I created my own progression of editing. Below, you’ll see pictures of me starting with my unedited face and ending with an unrealistic and very edited face.

  Picture 1: This is me with little makeup and 0 editing. You can see my freckles, pimples, dark circles, etc., etc. 

Picture 1: This is me with little makeup and 0 editing. You can see my freckles, pimples, dark circles, etc., etc. 

  Picture 2: This is the type of editing I'll do if I "need" to. You can see I removed the pimples on my left side of my forehead, one on my chin and a few little ones here and there. But I still look like me. Oh, I also fixed my lipstick. 

Picture 2: This is the type of editing I'll do if I "need" to. You can see I removed the pimples on my left side of my forehead, one on my chin and a few little ones here and there. But I still look like me. Oh, I also fixed my lipstick. 

  Picture 3: This the typical amount of editing that starts to make me cringe. The smooth skin, more detailed eyes and the disappearance of dark circles. Sure, it might still look like me... sorta, if I were a barbie doll.

Picture 3: This the typical amount of editing that starts to make me cringe. The smooth skin, more detailed eyes and the disappearance of dark circles. Sure, it might still look like me... sorta, if I were a barbie doll.

  Picture 4: Goodbye freckles, hello defined eyebrows and skin that is clearly not real. 

Picture 4: Goodbye freckles, hello defined eyebrows and skin that is clearly not real. 

Strange, isn’t it? Again, I’m not saying we should ban the use of all apps. I’m just saying there are some who I (personally) believe take editing a little too far. When that happens I believe people are eliminating what makes them unique. My freckles show that I like to be outside, my dark circles show that I clearly watch too much Netflix and my pores prove that I'm human. 

Just think about it. And remember, society is you and me and all of us. So if you want to blame society for creating negative self-images just remember that you are a part of society too. If you edit yourself a lot and all of your pictures look like my extreme examples then just take a moment. Think about how you are influencing society before you begin to point fingers.

 ♥OC