85.7% OF AMERICANS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THEIR LOOKS
Based on the definition given by Merriam-Webster, the message we receive on social media depends on who the sender is. Merriam-Webster describes Social Media as “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” People can use social media to empower others by creating, narrating, and sharing their stories, so you should post about yourself.
On January 3rd, 2016, a survey by Yahoo contained 2,000 people from the ages of 13 to 64 who discovered alarming results. “70 percent of males are either body positive or neutral” than “66 percent of teenage girls are either body negative or body ambivalent.” A perfect example would be from the movie “Mean Girls,” where four adolescent girls who would be considered beautiful in society’s standards still could hate what they see in the mirror. The survey continues by saying, “one in seven Americans consider themselves body positive.” After doing the math, one out of seven equals 14.3%, which means that 85.7% of Americans have a problem with their looks. We live in a world where thinness is preferred over overweight simply because being ‘thin’ is associated with good health. The goal should be about to live a healthier lifestyle, not creating an anorexia crisis.
Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, which is a movement like #BlackGirlMagic celebrates melanin skin, which is far from the European standard of beauty. Singers like Lizzo, TV Shows like Shrill, and songs like Brown Skin Girl empower a diverse group of girls to love themselves. Now more than ever, it is crucial to feeling comfortable about posting your pictures because we need more examples of realness.
We always say, “little girls that love themselves become women that rule the world.” If that sounds true, then why aren’t we enforcing our words and teaching girls self-love. Social media connects the world as one, girls around the world need inspiration, and you have the opportunity to make a difference and empower a little girl by posting about yourself. Share positivity and love.