Increasing Desire For Perfection

Olivia Pericak

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In the world we live in today, it is becoming more and more difficult for individuals to feel comfortable in their own skin. Social media is one of the main contributors to this growing problem. Social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter portray unrealistic expectations of what people think they need to look like. Celebrities constantly post pictures of their nearly perfect bodies that were altered through plastic surgery and photoshop. The outcomes of this are anything but positive.

Young girls and women specifically, are being tremendously impacted by these standards. Females are being impacted so much that they want to change the way they look in order to please others. They are doing this in a variety of ways. The easiest being photoshop.

Photoshopped pictures never used to be a problem on social media. However, with the increasing desire for girls to look like the celebrities they see online, there has been an increasing use of excessive photo editing. There are hundreds of easy to access apps that allow girls to instantly fix their frowned upon flaws. Instead of embracing flaws and differences, people are doing everything in their power to fit in with the mainstream appearances in today’s world.

Girls nowadays are often ashamed of themselves for not looking their best one hundred percent of the time. It is becoming more and more common for girls to spend an extra ten minutes before posting a photo online to edit what they don’t like about a picture they are in. If a girl thinks her teeth aren’t white enough, there’s an app to fix it. If a girl thinks her body isn’t curvy enough, there is an app to fix it. If a girl thinks her stomach looks big in a picture, there is an app to fix it. Ultimately, there is a solution to change every single insecurity one may have when looking at a picture.

Another route women and young adults tend to take is plastic surgery. Despite plastic surgery being incredibly expensive, many feel it is the only way to feel accepted in society. According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, more than 236,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients ages 19 and younger in 2012. Some of the most common types of plastic surgery teens choose include nose jobs, and correction of protruding ears, breast implants and reductions, and scarring caused by acne or injuries.

Senior academy student Jessica Dunlap stated, “I tend to be insecure about my acne. I see other people that don’t have a single spot on their face and it makes me wish I had less acne.” Asked if she would change it given the opportunity, her response was, “I would probably want to change it in order to have a clearer face.”

Jessica is a very confident individual and doesn’t let her insecurities get to her. Although, given the chance, she would change the thing she is most self conscious about.

Another senior at Lake Shore, Madison Roncone noted, “I am self conscious about a few things, and if I had the money I would change these things.” Madison and Jessica are two beautiful young ladies. From an outsider’s perspective, they have absolutely nothing to not love about themselves. Sadly, just like every girl their age, they wish they could change the way they look.

No one is taught to accept himself/herself for how he/she was born. Instead, rude comments are made about their insecurities and people start to wish they were different. In ways that only surgery can change. Rather than being okay with the way they were created, girls compare themselves to people they want to look like based on pictures online, which had been previously altered or of a person who has plastic surgery. Posts like these are what encourages young girls and adults to spend thousands of dollars on surgeries to look how they wish they looked.

There are many alternative options to photo editing and plastic surgery, the most obvious being loving oneself. Girls should never have to feel unaccepted in society just because of the way they look. It is everyone’s responsibility to make one another feel welcomed no matter how they may look. However, it is every girls responsibility to flaunt what her momma gave her and come to peace with and learn to love their flaws.