|1BlessedNatural: Willow Smith Talks Instagram and Body Image on Red Table Talk (photo cred: Instagram/Jada Pinkett Smith)|
For those of you who don't know, Red Table Talk is a series on Facebook hosted by Jada Pinkett and Willow Smith and Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones. They talk about real issues in an open and honest way.
If you're scrolling through Instagram right now, you will probably see what looks to be perfect pictures. There are men and women with perfect bodies and seemingly perfect lives. The question is this: How can all of this all affect a person's self-esteem?
In a January 2017 article called How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media, Psychology Today reported on studies performed by UK researchers on social media and people. The problem of comparison was one of the influences in the study. The magazine said this:
It's no surprise that people are more likely to develop depression from comparing themselves to others on social media than when they make comparisons in real life. That's because it's easier to present a polished -- and unrealistic -- version of your life in a snapshot or snippet of text.
B. God has created a special you to be who He wanted you to be. You can't be that if you're worried about someone else. It can be easier said than done. If you feel like the images are too much, try unplugging and taking a break from social media for a while.