TikTok outta control v7.4

TikTok outta control v7.4

TikTok’s new beauty filters are so wrong.

While some users are excited about the new ways they can enhance their appearance, others are concerned about the potential negative impact these filters could have on the self-esteem of young girls. The filters in question are designed to smooth out skin, slim down features, and even change the shape of a person’s face. While these changes may seem harmless at first glance, they can have a significant impact on how young girls view themselves and their bodies.

One could argue makeup did the same in the real world. But that trick’s been around since Nefertiti or at least Cleopatra. Neither had social media.

As I see it, the problem with these filters is they promote an unrealistic and unattainable standard of beauty. Young girls who use them may begin to believe that the only way to be beautiful is to have flawless skin, a perfect nose, and a slim face. Soon to follow may be feelings of inadequacy and a negative self-image, which can have long-term consequences for mental health.

Moreover, these filters perpetuate the damaging notion that a person’s worth is based on their appearance, leading to a fixation on physical beauty at the expense of other important qualities, such as intelligence, kindness, and creativity. Young girls are particularly vulnerable because they are still developing their sense of self and are more likely to internalize negative messages about their appearance.

Worst of all, these filters can be addictive. Young girls may feel pressure to use them regularly in order to maintain a certain appearance. This can lead to a dangerous cycle of comparison and self-criticism, which can be difficult to break.

So what can be done to combat the negative impact of these beauty filters? It’s on the parents and educators to have open and honest conversations with young girls about the impact of social media on their self-esteem. By teaching them to be critical consumers of media and encouraging them to develop a healthy relationship with their own bodies, we can help them navigate the often-overwhelming world of social media.

As a Dad, I’ll do my best.
I mentor two kids and several entrepreneurs. Similarities are coincidental.