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The Detrimental Effects of the New Filtered Age

The era of, “is that really a bad bitch” or is that the filter?


Source: Instagram @bodyposipanda

Unfortunately societal standards portray natural as “ugly” and filtered as the new norm and most desirable. Gen Z witnessed the innocence of the Snapchat Doggy filter. It was cute and all, but cute’s no longer the standard. Nowadays, we see filters on Snapchat and Instagram that make us look done up. I have yet to come across a story that DOESN’T use a filter. Nobody can post their natural self on these social media platforms anymore, and if they do, they’re abhorred.


But do we really need these filters?


Did I actually just walk out of Dr. Miami’s office to achieve these high cheekbones? Absolutely not, but the filter sure looked like it. The filtered age is upon us and I myself refuse to fall victim to it, and the upcoming generation shouldn’t either. The social media platforms creating these filters are unifying one thing:


If it ain’t filtered, it ain’t cute.

But that’s not the case. Filters should be used to our own discretion, but to change people’s facial features and structure is, in my opinion, too far. They don’t stop there though. Some filters beat your whole face with winged eyeliner, lashes, and of course some contour, others actually let you photoshop and change the things you don’t like. Makeup and plastic surgery are subconsciously being thrown at us at an alarming rate through the use of filters.


Feeling like you can’t post a selfie or picture without a filter is a direct effect of this new phenomenon. But I want you to know you don’t need that! This primarily falls on us young women and girls because of the beauty standards constantly held at our throats.


We’re expected to always look presentable with hair looking neat, faces polished, and body “snatched for the Gods.” And if we don’t match this perfect image of the ideal woman, we’re criticized. The amount of pressure that’s placed on us is accentuated through the use of face filters.


I decided to ask one of my friends to take pictures with and without filters in order to show how much of a difference it makes. She didn’t feel comfortable enough sharing the images but her reaction to the two images was significant.