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Will we regret curating our feeds with ‘influencer-style’ shots of ourselves?


Does it make you feel confident, or less than? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Does it make you feel confident, or less than? (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Take a deep dive into any millennial’s Facebook profile, and you’ll come across photo albums with inspiring titles such as ‘Pretending To Be Freshers LOL’ or ‘Big Night at Ocean.’

Full of snaps taken on a digital camera, you’ll find at least 86 pictures all from the same night – with not a filter in sight.

But what really sets these albums apart is that they’re made up of group shots – friends drunkenly embracing one another, singing along to whatever 00s banger the DJ was playing.

While there are many reasons why these retro albums have fallen out of favour (hi, prospective employers), what isn’t clear is why we stopped taking pictures of each other.

Influencer or not, we’re all guilty of filling our grids with carefully taken photos of ourselves.

These days, we wouldn’t dream of going on holiday/a night out/to a wedding without getting a great solo shot, and videos with the hashtag #howtopose have hit 5.4 billion views on TikTok – yes, billion.

But could we be missing out on capturing memories with our loved ones?

Karin Peeters is a life and career coach and psychotherapist at Vitalis Coaching & Therapy. She thinks our obsession with single shots started from a good place.

She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I imagine it started from a place of joy, like wanting to share our passion for our business, or to share our lovely adventures with friends.

‘But it seems that for many, the joy has been replaced by a mindless habit, an item on the to-do list, or even fear. The friendly girl-next-door compares herself with an influencer on a massive budget, and feels she’s got to live up to that way of life.’

Cara Dee, 36, is an influencer from Southsea. She thinks curating our feeds with solo images can be good for our self-esteem.

Cara told Metro.co.uk: ‘Creating portraits, whether that’s at home or whilst on holiday, where you feel beautiful can be a real confidence booster.

‘For me, taking stylised, glamorous photos of myself really helped me view my body in a different light.

‘It’s great people feel less self-conscious’ (Picture: Cara Dee)

‘For the first time, I felt confident in myself and enjoyed capturing a moment or an outfit in a fun way.’

Cara also believes influencers have inspired followers to go outside of their comfort zones.

She adds: ‘There’s definitely an increase of people being inspired by their favourite Instagram accounts and recreating what they see.

Taking stylised, glamorous photos of myself really helped me view my body in a different light.

‘I think it’s great that people feel less self-conscious now to pose in public and get the sort of photos they see in magazines – rather than awkward folded arms in front of the Eiffel Tower.’

But she also admits that people feel ‘a lot of pressure’ to present their grids in a certain way, …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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