My Topic: My topic touched on what self and body image are and ways they are affected by social media.
My Essays: In my definition essay I mostly talked about what self and body image were and also what social media is. I discussed of all of the ways social media has been affecting the human population and how bad it’s really getting. I discussed the severity of those who are becoming anti-social due to social media. I too included the lengths that some of these people have gone to, to be “perfect”. In my causal essay I mostly talked about how one simple thing led to many other things. From seeing a post that made you insecure to taking it to the great lengths of not eating to try and look like her, be thin like her, just be like her… Nearly twenty million women and ten million men will experience an eating disorder at some point in their life, and social media has had a huge increase on those numbers. In my proposal essay I left the reader with a task, to try and be more confident and to start loving themselves. I gave ways these tasks can be accomplished and the simple way to start, you have to want to. Take the leap of faith and trust yourself and all of your self love will fall right into place.
My Research Methods: When researching for my topic I often was going somewhere in my essay and knew something could fit right in, so I’d search until I found that IT I was looking for. I often needed data to show how large some of my numbers truly were so I would go through many websites finding the most reliable source and one that seemed to agree with many others. I also used a lot of personal experience in my essay’s. Some came from friends, some from family, and some from myself. I also used my personal twitter account as a source. I left open polls up and asked for all of my friends, family, or even strangers to answer as honestly as possible. The numbers I found were relative to what I expected, but the clarification was needed. I found myself also stumbling along a lot of personal story websites. When I was getting in depth about body image and eating disorders, often times survivors post about their traumatic times in the hopes of helping someone else struggling. These were very beneficial and helped a lot with the pathos in my essays.
Final Details/Observation: I thought I knew a lot about this topic going into it, but I learned so much more than I expected to. There is so much more information coming out every single day and the numbers just keep growing. I never knew how many of us were going to experience an eating disorder or know someone going through one in our life time, four out of ten, that is almost half of us. Not only did I learn a lot about my topic but I learned a lot about myself and I think that’s awesome that I could get that out of doing this. I never realized how much time I spend on social media until writing these essays. I never realized how much I beat myself up over little things that shouldn’t even matter! I learned a lot and am very excited to see where I go and how I grow through this experience. Self and Body Image is nearly controlled by social media, because it is the biggest influence there is. Something I would like to see change in the future is our use of social media and the level of control it has over us. I want to be able to see genuine happy people without their social media applications in hand. I want to see a more positive generation, with more confidence and a whole lot more self love.