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Why picture-perfect?

Of many threats that social media has imposed, the constant urge to be picture-perfect all the time impacts self-image and self-esteem issues.

Social media has given rise to many other problems, one such issue that we teens are facing a constant pressure of being picture-perfect. Everyone seems to be obsessing about showing off their lives and that they live a happy and perfect life on social media. The 50 beautiful pictures of the “yummy food” are more likely for a social media post rather than to be consumed. If you receive a gift from someone, all your social media accounts need to know that.

If there’s an event in the family or a friends gathering, you are required to post photos of it as evidence of your happy life and amazing experiences. A picture that has larger than life look and exuberate happiness all over seem to be more important than the actual event itself.

If you agree to the above-mentioned statements, then you too are a victim of trying to be picture-perfect all the time. The picture-perfect images and lives portrayed on social media are having a worrying impact on young people’s self-esteem and mental health.

To stop yourself from getting in the trap, here are some tips:

Acknowledge the fact that social media is in fact a virtual place. We are there in order to be connected with our friends and in some cases to be updated with the world. It doesn’t have to take a special and unavoidable place in your life.

Not the entire world needs to know about your whereabouts. So, you can have a meal without telling everyone how delicious it was.

No matter how enticing other’s life may be, accept the fact that everyone has his/her own problems. That way you won’t be intimidated by amazing pictures shared by others.

You are perfect just the way you are. Be comfortable in your skin and you’d be attractive naturally.

Focus on your real life, as they say ‘get a life!’


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Are you being stalked?

Stalking is an unpleasant experience. Whether the victim is an adult or a teen, it is equally disturbing and threatening to everyone.
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

In the age when information can be accessed at any time of the day, stalking has become more prominent and dreaded as well.  The harsh reality is, stalking is scary and also illegal. Stalking has many forms and there are different ways to deal with them. It is because of the dangers of stalking that many women and young girls in India prefer male assistance when they go out late or think of other ways to protect themselves. Physical stalking or via phone calls, messages, or emails is a criminal offense in India and is punishable with one to three years in jail.

While reading this if you are wondering, “Am I being stalked?” or “How do I know if I am being stalked?”, then here are some signs of a stalker.

  • A stalker follows you everywhere and hence shows up wherever you are.
  • S/he might not contact you, but they’d be watching you repeatedly which itself is harassment.
  • A stalker will send you gifts, letters, cards, messages, emails, chats, etc continuously
  • They may also damage your property to get your attention
  • They may be monitoring your mobile, computer or social media accounts to know more about you and your whereabouts
  • In extreme cases, they may use gadgets like hidden cameras or GPS to track you.
  • A stalker can be seen driving by or hanging out at your school, coaching or home.
  • They may be a threat to your relationships.
  • They may post personal information or spread harmful and rumors about you.
  • They create or manipulate situations to have contact with you. Like enrolling in the same coaching or any class to be near you or contact you.

If most of these persist, then you are being stalked and you need to take important steps to deal with it.

  • First and foremost, confront him BUT NOT ALONE. Tell them you know what they are up to and they may severe consequences for the same.
  • Document every proof of stalking that you can. This will act as proof of his their stalking and save you from unnecessary issues.
  • Inform your parents, friends, teacher, tutors, and neighbors. There is nothing to be embarrassed about it.
  • Inform the police, if possible with proofs.

It’s always a good idea to limit your social media access and privacy. Learn about managing privacy settings and do not befriend unknown people, groups, institutions or communities without knowing them confidently.

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