The glut of social media platforms have made connecting with friends and family easier than ever, but there’s no denying that an online presence is plagued with a dangerous superficiality.
In a generation where everyone feeds off of likes and shares, it can be easy to feel insecure when comparing one’s self to others who boast a seemingly picture-perfect life online.
However, one fitness blogger is attempting to shatter the illusion that social media presents by sharing an image comparing how the world sees her versus how she sees herself.
Louise Aubrey has amassed almost 60,000 followers on her Instagram and YouTube page, which promotes healthy living and tips to become the best version of yourself. However, she took the opportunity to share a post to disillusion her followers that even she struggles with her self-image.
Aubrey posted a side-by-side picture to Instagram of the same photo to highlight the contrast of how people see her and how she sees herself. The first image draws attention to favorable features an outsider may notice and the second exposes the insecurities she notices when looking at it.
“I am guilty,” Aubrey captioned her comparative Instagram post. “I am here to always be completely honest because I feel social medias need more of it. As much as I preach self-love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with: pictures.”
Aubrey goes on to say that although she never notices other people’s flaws when looking at their images, she immediately sees a profusion of blemishes when looking at her own.
Aubrey says that when looking at pictures of other people, “I tend to focus on their assets,” which prompted her to ask her thousands of followers, “So why not do the same with yourself?”
In just a matter of days, Aubrey’s inspirational Instagram post went viral, receiving over 12,000 likes and a plethora of comments supporting the fitness blogger for being so transparent with her followers.
“We really need to learn not to be so harsh on ourselves,” Aubrey concluded her Instagram caption. “It is not healthy. I am going to work on it, and I hope you will too.”
With a recent survey revealing that Instagram ranks as the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing, disillusioning posts like this, from one of the platform’s influencers, are incredibly valuable.