Instagram Photos Prove Just How Deceptive Filters Can Be | 22 Words

A self-love advocate has created a video showing just how deceptive Instagram filters can be, and people are shocked by what they have seen...

Brands, influencers, celebs, and, well, us plain old ordinary people all use Instagram on a regular basis.

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In fact, over sixty percent of us internet users have an account - so it's a pretty popular app.

But, over the years, a lot has changed.

With the rise of the influencer, people are constantly bombarded with a stream of jealousy-inducing luxury getaways, celebrities, and "perfect" bodies.

It's becoming a huge issue, especially among the younger generations.

Causing many to completely lose touch with real life. After all, not everything you see on Instagram is real, right?

It's easy to forget that people's Instagram feeds are simply highlight reels of their lives...

And people only post pictures of themselves they are totally happy with - chances are they don't look like that all the time.

Not to mention the whole Kylie Jenner effect...

Remember when it literally became a trend to get lip fillers?

Several people have revealed just how toxic Instagram culture really is...

And the impact it can have on people's mental health and self-esteem is detrimental.

There is a positive side to all this, though.

More and more people are coming out to reveal just how filtered many of these pictures on Instagram are - as well as more awareness being generated regarding body positivity.

Emily Clarkson, daughter of TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, is one of those people.

Emily frequently highlights on Instagram how dangerous filters can be to body confidence.

And this week has been no exception...

In one of her most recent posts, Emily shared a video perfectly illustrating just how easily people can change up their real appearance in pictures and videos they choose to share on the internet.

It's a shocking watch.

And left many blinking in confusion.

Emily is dedicated to warning others about the harmful Instagram culture surrounding heavily edited snaps.

"YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF HOW WARPED YOUR INSTAGRAM REALITY IS," she wrote in the caption. "The skin that you see has been smoothed. The lines buffed out. The blemishes eradicated. The eyes are brightened. The tones are softer. Some bits are smaller. Others are bigger. There are not just a “couple of filters" out there that you gotta keep your eyes peeled for."

She continued:

"There are a PLETHORA of apps out there and they’re doing everything you can think of and more. And the worst thing about that is, you have NO idea who is using what to do what," she said. "Whilst I will never blame an individual for editing themselves (most people are driven to it out of insecurity) we do need to address the behavior of some of the people that we look up to on these apps. Because the fact that people can entirely alter their reality AND NOT EVEN NOT TO DECLARE IT will be causing more issues than any of us perhaps realize."

She went on to say how we are all comparing ourselves to people who simply "don't exist."

"We are comparing ourselves to people that simply DO NOT EXIST. I look at these edited photos of myself and I barely know the person, and yet... it’s ‘me’- just the “Hollywood" version available in some app. How am I meant to then be ok then with the person I see in the mirror... if she doesn’t look anything like the reflection I’ve curated for myself online?"

"In the long run, no one wins with these apps."

"The external validation the altered images receive in the shape of Instagram likes will not be worth it to the individual who cannot compete with their online persona. And the consumers will never be happy if they are perpetually comparing themselves to people that literally don’t exist. I know I’m banging on about this. But so long as the apps are relentless, so must we be."

Emily raised some seriously important points in her video.

And has spoken out in the past about how she hopes that doing this will encourage other social media users to question the "reality" of what they see online.

After viewing the shocking clip...

Tons of reactions came in from Emily's followers.

You can watch Emily's video for yourself below.

For more like this, scroll on to read about the Instagram models who are leading the body positivity movement by example...