Social Contagion

We live in a world

of colored contacts and extensions,

self tanning and lip fillers,

filters and fake smiles,

highlight reels and photoshop –

we carefully curate how the world sees us

taking matters into our own hands

when we are unsatisfied with an area of ourselves,

while some changes provide improvement in self worth,

others merely deepen the void

or create an addiction,

is there any surprise

in the rise of depression

and social media detoxes,

while we see a slight increase

in representation

the molds are the same

separating us further from reality,

will this contagion be eradicated

before we become alien to ourselves,

or will we make monsters of these tools

dismantling honesty and individuality


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