Our society is full of standards—on beauty, acceptable behaviour, or academic achievement. The list goes on and on. Standards like these are especially prominent online which create unhealthy relationships between teenagers and social media. To see a certain body type or style of clothing repeatedly advertised online normalizes unconventional appearances or behaviour to the viewer. This can cause one to think of it as “the standard” they should strive for. Teens attempt to emulate certain images and become untruthful to not only others but to themselves as well. This results in what I call a plastic persona. Plastic is defined as fake or unreal, and persona is understood as an alternate identity. Many of us assume our very own plastic personas online. We end up omitting our shortcomings by showcasing the unrealistic and fall further from our true selves. In my work, I portray the plastic persona by masking my character with images of her “persona” until we are only able to see a portion of her true self.
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