Ken and Barbie have been considered to be the standard when it comes to body image, but that is not true. 

Humans’ idea of perfection has heightened since the pandemic began.

Before COVID-19 hit, it seemed the younger people spend the majority of their time on social media. Whether it was for personal or professional use, social media played a big role in our life.

Since the pandemic, humans have been spending more and more of their time on social media. With nowhere to really go and nothing to really do, it’s how most of us are communicating and spending time.

Whether it’s scrolling through TikTok or Instagram or getting into arguments on Facebook or even following disputes on Twitter, humans can get sucked into a social media frenzy. It’s our go-to when we’re bored or there’s nothing to do. Next thing you know, you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of different illusions.

Before COVID-19 hit, humans spend many hours on social media, but since then, virtual reality seems to be in the uprise. And with that, the perfect image seems to be making a comeback.

Despite body positivity making rounds throughout social media, the hunt for the perfect image is still out there. Granted, it’s not as bad as it used to be. However, girls are still shown the perfect, stick-thin body with long hair and not a single mark of acne on their face. Guys are shown the six-pack, wavy hair and “tall, dark and handsome” model that they’re “supposed” to be.

Quarantine has not helped this matter. Since the beginning of quarantine, there have been a lot of “Quarantine Exercises” to do that aren’t exactly body friendly.

Still, despite the body positivity and “loving yourself before others,” social media is the shark-infested waters it used to be.

Does that make all social media bad? Of course not. But with being stuck at home with nothing to do but stare at the “perfect body,” this can lead to more negative mental health than before.

Staring at the unrealistic, model bodies that are plastered everywhere can start negative thoughts about yourself. Since quarantine, people have been wanting ways to get even more healthy just to have something to do. There is more staying fit through exercise and eating right, people seem to be more vocal about their emotions and more showing of affection.

There is no such thing as the perfect body. The Barbie Doll isn’t even perfect. If you put her measurements to those of a normal human being, they would make Barbie look like a monster. And yet, the perfect image is still trying to be obtained even though barely anybody will see it nowadays.

Women are expected to mirror Barbie while men are expected to mirror Ken, Barbie’s equally disproportionate male counterpart.

Ken is always featured with a six-pack, beach-blonde hair or dark, wavy hair with a tan, as well as muscles galore.

However, the typical man doesn’t look like this. Like Barbie’s dimensions, Ken’s would be demonstrative compared with that of a regular human male.

Even though there is a pandemic going on, people are still going out to bars and restaurants, still having parties and finding ways to hang out with loved ones. We all want to look our best. Therefore, to some people, their best is achieving the perfect body.

You know how to obtain the perfect body? Smile. Laugh. Tell your friends how much you love them. Spend time with loved ones on Zoom. Remind yourself that, no matter what, those people you love, love you too. The perfect body may not exist. Perfection doesn’t exist. But the theory of perfection? Quite possibly.

Ignore the perfection posts on Instagram and Facebook. Go for a walk. Get some air. Take time away from social media. Read a book, watch your favorite movie, listen to the album that makes you get up and dance.

Society’s definition of perfection is never going to be achieved. But your own definition? The easiest thing to have.

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