People love to scroll through glossy photos of Instagram influencers with both awe and envy - but one Instagrammer decided to get real with her followers and remind them not everything online is as it seems. Amsterdam based vlogger Rianne Meijer has 353k followers and a plethora of gorgeous images that document her life of fashion and travel, but as Meijer revealed, the key to an enviable photo is all about the angle.
In a series of side-by-side shots, she shared magazine-worthy poses next to hilariously candid (and not as flattering) photos in the same outfit. In her caption Meijer wrote: "So while waiting here at the airport in Berlin I figured no better way to spend my time than to keep it real. This is not gonna be some long emotional story (not that there’s anything wrong with crying and talking to yourself in the shower obviously) but just a little small reminder that every pic you see on my account is one in a hundred (or sometimes four hundred) and it was all about the right angle, right lighting and of course the right filter. Nothing perfect about me and nothing perfect about my life (except for @royatiya, and my parents❤️). Just a girl with big dreams who’s going to regret posting this in 1,2,3..."
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Social media has become a heavy presence in our society and researchers have taken notice. It might seem obvious (maybe not) but scrolling through Instagram and even putting yourself out there for display has played into negative body image. Don't believe it? A systematic review was conducted in 2016 with 20 papers worth of proof.
Research done on social media and body image suggests that who we compare ourselves to online plays an important role in how we see ourselves.“People are comparing their appearance to people in Instagram images, or whatever platform they're on, and they often judge themselves to be worse off,” said Jasmine Fardouly to the BBC, a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. "In a survey of 227 female university students, women reported that they tend to compare their own appearance negatively with their peer group and with celebrities, but not with family members, while browsing Facebook. The comparison group that had the strongest link to body image concerns was distant peers, or acquaintances."
Not all pages are created equal when it comes to their effect on our psyche. Researchers found that “fitspiration” images in particular – which often feature beautiful people performing exercises, or at least pretending to – might make you harsher on yourself. In 2017 associate professor at the University of West England, Bristol, Amy Slater, published a study in 2017 in which 160 female undergraduates viewed either #fitspo, self compassion quotes, or a mix of both, all sourced from real accounts on Instagram. Those who viewed only #fitspo scored lower on self-compassion, but the ones who viewed the compassionate quotes (e.g. “You’re perfect just the way you are”) were nicer to themselves – and felt better about their bodies.