Well, tonight was unplanned.

I’m not someone who joins live videos on TikTok. I happened to accidentally click onto someone I watch regularly. I ended up staying there participating in a quiz for 3 hours. I started multi tasking after the first hour because I had ironing to do so that I could get rid of the mass of clean clothes I built up on the drying rack. I’m new to TikTok as a viewer and a contributor. I refused to do video calls all through the zoom fever of the pandemic. I’m not used to being on camera. I don’t like the way I look on video. I also don’t feel they using filters is right because you’re not living in the real world then. I hate the fake snapshot of life that social media portrays. I didn’t join Instagram until 2019 (much later than most people in my generation). Photoshopping photos make others feel worse about the flaws on their own bodies. There’s a point when photoshopped beauty standards create a toxic environment of encouraging eating disorders etc. I enjoyed tonight and don’t know why I avoided the TikTok environment for most of the year we were in lockdown. I have an extremely swollen ankle tonight as I think standing up ironing may have put a lot of pressure on my injury. I just realised how burnt I got today from just walking only an hour (I did it in stages to not put too much pressure on ankle). I have red arms. I did need the sun though as I was quite on the pale side. We don’t see the sun in the uk that often so we may as well enjoy it when it is here.

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  1. I have to take vitamin D supplements because I don’t like outside. But then again neither does my skin: in that regard I’m the classic “redneck”, and I believe it’s where the term originates, i.e. northern European people who immediately burn in the hot sun. I think it’s with particular regard to people of Scots descent, as I am. Itchy childhood memories of completely peeling in those hot ’70s summers. Ouchie.

    Oh yeah, and filters etc. What’s really bad nowadays is that they’re so insidious; a few years back it was at least fairly obvious if a photo’ was Photoshopped because amateurs in particular lacked any real subtlety; but nowadays, stuff that’s applied automatically and subtle enough that it’s hard to tell (in practical terms it’s impossible unless it’s obvious like the cat/dog ears Snapshat thing) gives a really fake impression of how people look. How other people look: of course when it’s me I see myself in the worst possible light (I mean literally: the morning sunlight coming in through the bathroom window is unforgiving) and think, “yeah, that’s the real me and totally fair to compare that with everyone else’s best photos of a selection that have been digitally manipulated.” Sigh.

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