We can spend a great deal of time discussing just how detrimental the Internet’s effects are on how we view ourselves sexually. If you do a basic search on beauty you’ll be inundated with thousands of beautification sites, not to mention thousands more pictures of what beauty is “supposed” to be.
How we view ourselves, often stems from our relationships and what expectations those may have on us. How our hair ‘should’ be, what we ‘should be’ wearing and even how we ‘should be’ in an intimate relationship. Each topic, alone, could be a week series. But do the Internet’s effects contribute to a more distorted image of sexuality and further is it then communicated through our relationships?
The Internet offers a lot more garbage (in my opinion) then not, when it comes to beauty; without a second thought we accept it as truth. But when we see a video such as this one from Dove, we actually stop and think just how adaptable beauty can be…within the click of a button. This was the first time, in a long time, which I’ve seen the Internet being used for good, when it comes to beauty. That video needs to be shown through all medias, to relay the message of how beauty can be tainted; how beauty is distorted.
The Internet, however, if just a media that is so readily used by all individuals from ages five to ninety-five. We NEED to have a realistic, natural view of beauty, and unfortunately the Internet is not assisting in the process.
When the Internet is used for “weigh loss” ads, “enlargement” products, and even to host “ana” networks that enable a negative sense of self, we need to educate about the Internet’s effects on sexuality. The Internet’s effects on sexuality are prevalent. We need to be educating younger generations and doing damage control on older generations.