Let’s Talk About Misleading Filters

TikTok has been one of the fastest-growing social media platforms of recent times. With its AI algorithm, the platform has been able to create an ecosystem where creativity thrives. One of the latest trends on the app is the Bold Glamour filter, which is quickly gaining widespread popularity. The filter is marketed as one that enhances the subtle beauty of the users while highlighting their unique features. However, the filter doesn’t come without its dangers.

Filters have become ubiquitous in social media, and TikTok is no exception. The use of filters is so widespread that it’s become nearly impossible to find a video or photo without them. Filters are designed to enhance the appearance of the user, making them look “better.” However, with the rise of filters also comes the rise of body dysmorphia in the users. Filters can make people believe that they need plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures to look good.

Makeup and skincare have always had an impact on how people see themselves and the rise of social media has only amplified that impact. People are now more conscious of their appearance than ever before, and filters create an impression of perfection that is simply unattainable. They can create an inaccurate portrayal of reality by skin lightening, contouring the face, enlarging the eyes, and other effects. Filters can make people believe that they need to conform to a specific beauty standard. They can also be a trigger for those who are struggling with their self-esteem, leading to the use of dangerous products like skin lightening creams, which can cause permanent damage.

The use of filters is not limited to TikTok. It’s also prevalent on other social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Filters like FaceTune are used to enhance the appearance of the users by airbrushing away any perceived flaws. These filters can also lead to a dangerous obsession with perfection- users feel worse about their real appearance since it doesn’t match what they post online.

The Bold Glamour filter on TikTok has become a trend, but it’s essential to be cautious when using it- especially for young girls and teenagers. While filters can be fun to play with (who wouldn’t want to see themselves with dog ears or fake glasses??), they can also be misleading and dangerous. It’s essential to remember that the filters we use only show the surface level of our appearance. In reality, our beauty comes from within, and we should celebrate and embrace our unique features.

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Emily Stanley

Emily is the founder and Executive Director of GEMS (Gaining Emotional Mastery Skills). She is a former teacher and a certified girls' empowerment coach.

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