By: Julia McGhee
I have this problem where I tend to judge people based on how many Facebook profile pictures they have… If you only have one or two, you are clearly not Facebook active, and thus boring for me to Facebook stalk. If you have between 40 and 60, you are on a fine line of whether you maybe just don’t delete your old pictures, or maybe you change your profile picture far, far too often. If you have above 60 profile pictures I will most likely assume that you are self-obsessed. If I look and see that you change your profile picture practically weekly, I am definitely judging you. I know, I know, that is completely unreasonable and rude… but it is kind of the honest truth.
My next immature method of profile picture judgment is what the images are like. For example, are all of your pictures mirror selfies? Are all of your pictures with your significant other? Are most of your pictures not even of you? Are your pictures only ever of just you and none of your friends and family? Are all of your pictures of you doing ridiculously cool things that I am jealous of? Are your pictures of you playing the same sport from 60 different angles? Are your pictures super serious, or are they sometimes funny? There are just so many options.
What this all comes down to is that you can completely design your Internet self and manipulate it to make you look the way you want. I remember before I went to college I went through my entire Facebook and made sure I looked exactly the way I wanted in order to make a good first impression on my new peers. I almost always have exactly 35 profile pictures or less. I rarely update my status. I untag unattractive pictures of myself. I unfriend people. It is all really so ridiculous. The things people not only in the younger generation, but also the baby boomers and older, will do to make themselves look a certain way on social media are out of hand. Lets be completely real, people more often than not, especially girls, will choose their profile pictures based on how attractive they look. I also hear things like this all the time: “I have to dress really cute tonight because I want a new profile picture,” or “do NOT put any ugly pictures of me on Facebook!” or “wait don’t take that picture until I fix my hair.”
The moral of the story is that Facebook is making the world completely self-obsessed. Yes, even those of us with less than 60 profile pictures are equally guilty of obsessing over our Internet personalities and our body images. Unfortunately, just being aware of the issue doesn’t mean anyone is willing to stop this self-deprecating cycle…
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