Every year you see pictures on the left and right side of you while you are getting your groceries. Or maybe you went to get a haircut in your local salon and you are waiting, and decide to pick up a magazine of the latest Vogue. What do each of these scenarios have in common? Photo shopped pictures galore. Nowadays it is very rare that you see non-edited photos on the Internet, latest cover of GQ an even in the comfort of our own cell phones we have become use to the fact that every photo that we see has been edited. Whether we filter it on Instagram, or have high tech photo shop programs that reshape us from a size 8 to a 2. As we pondered on the subject we were curious on the fact if it has corrupted the minds of young students between the ages of 12-14. We then decided to present to a class of sixth graders and our results were quite impressive. At first our group had a discussion and we decided to make a hypothesis on what we would have expected from our presentation with the class. We figured that since all these kids were very young they didn’t have any type of social network. The three of us decided to collaborate a PowerPoint presentation that would grasp the student’s attention and would allow them to be involved and feel comfortable enough to have group discussions as a whole. We also decided to create a survey that we would then allow us to create our own statistics. We ended up presenting this to two classes and were able to add both classes’ surveys. The four questions that we asked we were able to grasp their opinions on Photoshop.
The following is our Survey Questions:
- How many of you would prefer the edited/Photo-shopped image of Katy Perry?2.
- Do you think people should edit their pictures?3.
- Do you have a Facebook, Instagram or any other type of social network?
- 4. Do you edit your photos?
To our calculations there were 34 students total from the two classes that we surveyed. From those 34 students we found out that:
-17% of boys said yes to editing their photos.
-24% of girls said yes to editing their photos.
-45% of boys said No to editing their photos.
-14% of girls said no to editing their photos.
The results we found were interesting because it made us think about the difference between boys and girls. We found it ironic that there were more girls that edited their photos than boys and that made us realize that there are more magazines that exposes more woman that men. It starts earlier with girls than boys, and that is why there are so many new campaigns that encourage young girls to be themselves. For example, the “BE KIND” campaign by Lauren Paul. We only hope to evaluate the way we edit our pictures. And even then maybe we need to start influencing girls to not edit their photos at a more younger age.