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Instagram is increasingly being told to take responsibility for the harmful effects of it's site on the mental health of young people.

Between celebrities endorsing weight-loss products which have no scientific backing, the NHS encouraging body-negative adverts to be banned, and the new sensitivity screens being put in place to prevent graphic violence and self-harm being depicted; Insta is a dangerous place.

Yet, we cannot deny that selfie culture and self-branding through social media has become just a normal part of our everyday life. Me, myself and Instagram has taken over, and young people growing up today assume it's perfectly normal to try to look perfect.


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It's so prevalent in society to share the highlights of ourselves and desperately emulate others who we assume have 'better' lives, which writers such as Matt Haig have emotionally discouraged.

FaceTuning images to blur seeming 'imperfections' such as stretchmarks, wrinkles, spots, freckles, teeth, smiles, body hair, even elbow wrinkles or unwanted curves is the new normal, according to our society.

Having flaws is deemed unhealthy, and the notion of 'narcissism' or vanity is no more.

Now Rankin is trying to counteract the idea of editing ourselves in a new photo series, and it's beautiful.

The amazing photographer is attempting counteract self-editing, by showing people just how damaging the effects of social media can be.  His photo series, aptly named Selfie Harm, was launched last week on Instagram.

The renowned artist captured portrait shots of 15 teens and handed power to them and their filter apps, asking them to edit the retouched image until they felt it was 'social media ready'.


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He commented;

“Social media has made everyone into their own brand. People are creating a two-dimensional version of themselves at the perfect angle, with the most flattering light, and with any apparent flaws removed.”

“This is a new, enhanced reality, a world in which teenagers can alter themselves digitally within seconds. Mix this with the celebrities and influencers flaunting impossible shapes with impossible faces and we’ve got a recipe for disaster," he attested.

The photographer shows images of youth and natural beauty which massively contrast with the newly filtered, edited versions. It's shockingly easy for the young models to blur the lines of reality, but what is 'perfect' in a world such as this?


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He wrote on Instagram;

“People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for the social media likes. “It’s just another reason why we are living in a world of FOMO, sadness, increased anxiety and Snapchat dysmorphia."

"It’s time to acknowledge the damaging effects that social media has on people’s self-image," he concluded.

The visible differences and changes made allow the teenagers and subjects to transform their entire identity, so much so that their natural state is completely erased. There are smaller noses, smooth complexions, wider eyes and lips, everything you can imagine.

Interestingly, the photographer notes that most of the models preferred their original image, but it's still disturbing to witness the power of filters. These edits can convince people that they're regular image isn't good enough to be seen.

It's becoming harder to discern what's real and what's fake; soon the idea of reality on social media could vanish altogether.

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Tributes and condolences have been pouring in for the Trinity student who died while trying to take a selfie.

The 26-year-old, Anand Goel lost his footing when trying to take a picture at the Cliffs of Moher.

The emergency services were notified around 3.15pm on Friday, when a person was seen falling from the cliff. 

Eyewitnesses told Gardaí that the man appeared to be taking a selfie when he lost his footing.

A body of a man was recovered by a Rescue115 crew.

The remains were flown to Doolin Coast Guard station, where he was formally pronounced dead.

Anand, who was an Indian National, was studying Tech Marketing & Design at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

The Indian Embassy in Dublin has been working to bring Anand back to his home country.

TCD are providing support to those closest to the victim.

The Indian Ambassador to Ireland Sandeep Kumar took a visit to the scene to pay his respects over the weekend.

On Twitter, the Embassy issued a statement offering their condolences.

It read: “Deeply saddened by tragic death of promising Indian student, Anand Goel, studying Tech Marketing & Design at Trinity College, who accidentally fell off Cliffs of Moher."

“Heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. Your loss is our loss. Embassy stands solid with you and is assisting with all formalities."

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Trinity also took to Twitter to honour their student.

They said: Deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students in an accident at the Cliffs of Moher."

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

In a separate statement, they added: “We are also reaching out to his fellow students, friends and staff here at Trinity supporting them during this distressing time. We are working closely with the Indian Embassy and An Garda Síochána in doing so.”

Our condolences go out to Anand's friends and family at this difficult time. 



NASA has released the first image of the spacecraft InSight from the surface of Mars. 

The snap, released via the spacecraft's own Twitter page, shows the probe on the red surface of the planet

Arguably, this could be considered the first ever selfie on Mars, and to be fair, if it took us 7 months to get somewhere, we would be taking a selfie when we arrived too. 

The craft launched  on May 5th of the year and landed yesterday, November 26th 2018. 

The craft landed in an area called the Elysium Planitia, a relatively flay, sandy area on the planet. 

This area, on the planet's equator, was chosen specifically, as the craft would be unable to land and set itself up properly on Mars' rocky, cratered Northern hemisphere. 

'Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history,' said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. 

'InSight will study the interior of Mars and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars.'

'This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team.'

'The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.'

NASA hopes to have a human land on Mars in the late 2030s. 


The art of taking a selfie has evolved with the growth of social media.

Gone are the days of snapping a half decent, slightly pixelated photo and throwing it up for a laugh.

Instagram and Facebook has transformed the selfie game into finding the perfect lighting, facetuning and heavily filtering that all important snap.

Your selfie goes from zero to hero in a matter of taps – although the final product mightn't even look like you.

The time spent on fine tuning our images has garnered and branded our generation as a bunch of narcissists.

However, according to a recent study – we might be on to something, as selfies are actually good for your self-esteem. 

In fact, they found extreme selfie-takers were more likely to feel better about their bodies compared to people who took fewer pictures.

Yes, you read that right – pose away guilt-free girl; it's good for your body image.

The study conducted by Fit Rated, took 1,000 Americans and analysed their body image, self-esteem and the importance of physical appearance based on their social media habits.

They were then split into three groups: the first was the 'non-user' who spent zero hours on the platforms.

The second was the 'average user' that spent an hour or two exploring the socials.

And, lastly the 'avid user' who browsed social media for three hours or more a day.


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The results were a mixed bag.

Avid social media users did trump those who didn't use social media, in terms of self-esteem and satisfaction with their overall appearance.

However, the addicts of the platforms scored highest when asked how important their physical appearance is – (59.5 percent said their look was very to extremely important.)

The champ of social media came out as the average user.

They had the most self esteem and satisfaction overall with their appearance compared to the other two groups.

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Moving back to selfies and these findings have us SHOOK.

Typing this in disbelief, I can report that the study found avid selfie takers have better self-esteem AND satisfaction with their overall appearance. – WHAT?

People who don’t take selfies have the lowest self-esteem (38 percent) and are most dissatisfied with their overall look (48 percent).

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Fit Rated found that people who took more selfies on average – i.e. three or more every month were better off.

"More than half of people taking even just a couple of selfies (or more) each month were more likely to have high self-esteem compared to the nearly 45 percent not taking any at all."

"Additionally, almost 54 percent of people taking three or more selfies each month were satisfied with their overall look compared to less than half taking one or two selfies and under 38 percent of people who took none at all," said the study. 

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However, before you spam your feed with endless selfies – likes and the social media game comes into play.

Ever catch yourself repeatedly checking how well your recent picture did – well there's a dopamine hit for every heart or like we get.

This can impact our relationship with our bodies and self-esteem.

Supposedly, those who got 20 or more likes were more likely to rate their physical appearance as very or extremely important, particularly among women compared to men.

However, men and women who received a higher number of likes on their selfies also rated their self-esteem higher, and men who received a higher number of likes were more likely to be satisfied with their overall looks. 

People were also hot on the button to delete a picture because of the lack of likes – incredibly the likeliness of this has increased by 185 percent in men and 110 percent in women.


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At the end of the day, we all must remind ourselves that 90 percent of what we see on social platforms are fake – people do not look like that in real life.

All you need to do for a reality check is to look up from the phone on the bus and have a look around.

Now, I'm off to post a selfie and pray that it gets more than 20 likes…



If you've ever attempted to take a fire selfie, you'll agree that angles are absolutely everything. 

In your mind, you can go from looking like a ethereal goddess to complete swap monster with just a slight twist of your head – and don't even get us stared on reverse image cameras. 

However, for anyone who is a little self-conscious about the size of their nose, you'll be happy to know that phone camera can actually make them appear bigger than they are in real life. 

In fact, new research has shown that selfies can increase the size of our snozzles by up to one third, and the phenomenon is causing a dramatic rise in demand for nose jobs. 

Apparently it's all to do with perceptive. When taken at a distance of 12 inches, selfies can appear to change the structure of our faces, thus leading to increased self-esteem and body image issues. 

According to Metro, four in ten cosmetic surgeons say they have noticed that some of their patients wish to improve the way the look on Facebook and Instagram. 

Dr Boris Paskhover, an ear, nose and throat specialist said: "When taken at 12 inches away, selfies increased nasal size by 30 per cent  in males and 29 per cent in females"

"Predictably, an image taken at five feet – a standard portrait distance – results in essentially no difference in perceived size."

Of course, this means waving goodbye to cute close-ups, but if you don't want you face to become distorted, you're better off getting someone else to take the photo. 


Taking selfies might act as an ego boost for many people, but recent developments in the field of health and technology suggest that the act could, in fact, save your life.

Researchers at the University of Washington have created an app known as BiliScreen which they say help to identify symptoms of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer tends to go undetected in the vast majority of cases meaning its survival rate is significantly lower than the medical profession and wider public would like.

However, there exists a particular indicator which doctors want to highlight through the use of BiliScreen, and that indicator is yellow discolouration in the whites of the eyes.

The BiliScreen is a non-invasive alternative to drawing blood, and ultimately measures the bilirubin levels in the blood stream without the need for a GP or hospital appointment.

In fact, an early clinical study of 70 people found that the app correctly identified "cases for concern" nearly 90 percent of the time.

So, how exactly does the BiliScreen work?

Well, the user will need to take a portrait shot of their face, and the app will then provide the user with a measure of their bilirubin levels, thereby allowing the individual to make an informed decision if results provided by the app are deemed a concern.

Lead author of the study, Alex Mariakakis, explained the user-friendly nature of the app, saying: "The hope is that if people can do this simple test once a month-  in the privacy of their own homes – some might catch the disease early enough to undergo treatment that could save their lives."

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Whether you want to find your first job, or just need a change from your current one, we all know it can be hard to keep motivated when looking for employment.

Between the hours that go into searching, to the nerve-wrecking interviews, getting a job is no easy feat, and sometimes it can feel like it's going nowhere.

But if you have a LinkedIn profile, this one thing might be holding you back from getting a job.

And that one thing? Your selfie.

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Yep, a recent survey by Envirofone revealed that having a selfie as your profile picture on LinkedIn could seriously harm your potential to be hired.

In fact, a massive 88 per cent of hiring managers surveyed said they felt having a selfie on your profile is very "unprofessional."

To further that, out of the 2,186 people interviewed, 58 per cent said that they would not hire a person solely based on them having a selfie on the professional networking site.

Richard Mavers, the online strategist for Envirofone said: "First impressions count, and it’s easy to assume that showcasing your best self(ie) on LinkedIn will impress potential bosses.

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"However, recent research revealed that job candidates who use selfies on professional networking sites don’t go down well with employers."

However, Richard noted that there may be one exception (because we can't all afford professional headshots).

"While a professional head shot is always advisable where possible, a selfie where you are dressed professionally is a good alternative, with 66 per cent of respondents rating this as an acceptable option for a LinkedIn profile."

So there you have it, stay profesh ladies.



So, taking the perfect selfie can be overwhelming at the best of times.

After all, there’s a lot to consider – the lighting, what filter to use, is this my good side?

Well, according to a study conducted by Dr Anukka Lindell from La Trobe University, Melbourne, it’s all about the angles.

The professor, who specialises in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, looked at almost 2000 selfies from 200 participants on Instagram and the results were quite interesting.

She found that both both male and females preferred to pose with their left cheek facing the camera.

But why? 

According to the Mail Online Dr Anukka said:  ‘’Selfies taken at an angle are more flattering than front on, as they show more angles, highlight cheekbones, and make the subject look slimmer.’’

She also claimed that left cheek poses made the subject appear more 'emotionally open and expressive'. 

We have to admit, we never noticed before, but maybe Dr Anukka's got a point. 


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Just look at all those left cheeks! 

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Whether it's due to a perceived flaw or the side your fringe falls, most of us have a preferred angle when it comes to posing in photos.

However, it looks like those who opt to showcase the left side of their face are in the majority if a recent study is anything to go by.

According to research conducted Down Under, the left side of the face is considered more attractive as researchers trawled Instagram for evidence to reinforce the hypothesis.

Annukka Lindell, senior lecturer in experimental neuropsychology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, collated 2,000 selfies as part of her research and established that the majority of people showcased the left side of their faces.

"Given that only 8 percent of selfie- takers showed no overall bias, the tendency to repeatedly adopt a preferred pose appears to be the norm for selfie takers," Lindell surmised when sharing her findings in Frontiers in Psychology.

Of the 2,000 selfies studied, 779 – or 41 per cent – featured the left side of the face as opposed to the right which scored 686 whereas the midline was only showed in 535 images.

And now for the science bit.

Lindell concluded that the left side of the face is considered more attractive by selfie-takers as it is controlled by the right side of the brain which dictates the individual's emotions.

The findings have been dubbed the 'left-side bias' by those investigating the theory.



You might not think it, but a lot of thought goes behind every fashion forward Instagram account.

With clever tricks and smart methods, style icons and fashionistas have the inside knowledge on how to make their Instas look super fab all day long.

So, if you want to have an account that resembles the Kendalls and Chiaras of the world, then here are a few tips to help you out:

1. Brief captions and snappy hashtags

No one wants to see long, drawn-out captions under images, because let's be honest, we all scroll past them.

Keep your followers intrigued with simple intros and one or two hashtags is the perfect amount.


Eyeleted everything #fbloggers #akira

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2. Be different

Post various types of images and videos, such a scenery, animals, accessories, food and so on.

Posting the same things day in and day out will grow a little stale and your followers might get a bit bored.


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3. Brand it

If you're wearing a new River Island top or Nine Crows shirt, make sure to tag them in your image.

Most brands will actually regram the best pictures, which could gain you a whole new following. And check out if the brand has a hashtag, too. 


Good Morning #tbt #theskinnyandthecurvyoneblogcom

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4. Selfie-less

While posting a selfie from time to time is grand, you don't want your entire feed to be filled with photos of your face (sorry).

And if you do post a selfie, include some fab accessories or a gorgeous background.


5. Filters

Use the same or similar filters throughout your whole feed. Whether you want colourful and bright or grey and muted, choose a theme and stick to it.

A lot of bloggers also use VSCO to enhance their snaps.


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When it comes to weight loss, each journey is unique, and invariably depends on the individual's physical composition, fitness levels and determination… among many other things.

Each person has their own tips and tricks for shedding the lbs, but it looks like one woman's approach to losing weight has seriously piqued the interest of social media users as her story is doing the rounds for the second time in 12 months.

Following the death of her mother and partner, Justine McCabe gained a considerable amount of weight, and after vowing to shed it, decided to document her journey by taking one selfie a day as she slowly made her way towards her goal.

Dropping from 313 lbs to 189, Justine shared her journey with Instagram users, and racked up more than a quarter of a million views in the process.


The person you see reflecting in the mirror…will provide you with the biggest challenges in life. The human spirit is powerful. Do the work. Suffer the setbacks, push past the pain and excuses. True motivation is not an outside source. It's staring directly back at you. There is nothing you cannot be, do or have. Live with no regrets and don't ever give up. This is what drives me. My motivation.#transformationtuesday #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #motivation #confidence #weightloss #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #teamgetyokd #spartanrevolution #limitless #ichoosetolive #keepgoing #musclevizion #athlete

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"The person you see reflecting in the mirror will provide you with the biggest challenges in life. The human spirit is powerful," she wrote in a post last summer.

"Do the work. Suffer the setbacks, push past the pain and excuses. True motivation is not an outside source. It's staring directly back at you," she continued.


Make today your Monday!I have started and stopped more times than I can count. I was convinced I would be unhappy and overweight forever…until the day came that I had enough. Enough exhaustion, enough depression, enough self shame…enough of living in a body that didn't feel like me. Every single decision you make will get you closer than you were yesterday. Take the stairs, park further away, cut out that extra serving, go to the gym when you don't want to, learn to live healthy…and whatever you do…just keep moving. Keep doing. This is your start. #MondayMotivation #IChooseToLive #LiveInspired #KeepGoing #Happiness #Love #Life #Change #Weightloss #BestSelf #InstaGood #FitFam #Transformation #BodyPositive #Strong #SelfLove #fitspo #girlswithmuscle #fitness #realtalk #ThisIsMe #BoPo #SelfConfidence #Body4Me #IAmAllWoman #worthy #be #bodydysmorphia #newpath #TeamJustine

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"There is nothing you cannot be, do or have. Live with no regrets and don't ever give up. This is what drives me. My motivation," she finished.

Justine used exercise to combat the depression she had sunk into following the loss of her mother and partner, admitting: "There were a few times I cried on that elliptical,”

Over the course of two years, Justine says she has developed a love and passion for health and fitness.

"I could become complacent with my accomplishments, but why would I do that? We've got one shot at this life," she insists. "I'm going to push every boundary, face every fear, fill my life with knowledge, determination and inspiration."




It's safe to say we'd be RAGING if our parents met our celeb crush… and that's exactly what happened to this girl.

Presley Peterson from Florida loves the Jonas Brothers and often tweets about it:

However, she was taken by surprise when her mother sent her pictures from her holiday in Hawaii and sitting right behind her in the restaurant was Nick Jonas.

Presley simply replied "Holy sh*t" to her mam, and then shared the image on Twitter with the caption, "Mom is sending me pictures of her and dad on vacation when all of the sudden (sic)."

We have to say, it's pretty hilarious.

The tweet has been retweeted over 6,500 times and has 11,000 likes.

If that was us, we'd be on the next plane to join the fam (and Nick, obvz).