This work was inspired by my dependency to social media as a teenager. I used grayscale for the central figure to show the monotony and boredom of reality, while the neon colors in the background show the overstimulation from being online. The colorful tears falling from widened eyes symbolizes how mindless content consumption distorts our vision of what is healthy—whether in relationships, bodies, or lifestyles. When a single tap can lead to falling down a rabbit hole of perfectly curated content, we risk losing real human connection in the process.

Procreate, digital art, 2023

Elizabeth Yuan is a senior from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. She has previously been recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing awards. In her spare time, she enjoys falling down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia articles and drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee.



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