Why is Media Literacy crucial to maintaining a healthy Body Image?
The world of social media is different from your off line life and the number of “likes” you get on a post is not a barometer for how liked you are in real life.
Online community vs real friends : There is a BIG difference.
Platforms like Instagram and Snapchat are the worst for impacting mental health.
People report feeling bad about themselves after spending too much time on them.
The visual imagery we are bombarded with is often the highlight reel of people’s lives, not their actual reality and what they do “ behind the scenes”
Be mindful of what you watch and how you consume MEDIA. Have periods when you UNPLUG.
Have REAL conversations. Talk to girls about beauty ideals, analyze pictures, learn about airbrushing and photoshopping techniques.
Talk about how beauty/diet industries are heavily marketed and by pushing their products, contribute to making women feel insecure so that they will buy more. A new lipstick is always fun but be mindful
Choose the people you follow wisely - I cannot stress this enough.
Do they make you feel good about yourself and your body? Do they inspire you and make you feel positive and happy?
Or do you find that you constantly compare yourself to them and criticize yourself for not looking a certain way, like they do.
Don’t forget most of the time even they don’t look like they do. :)