If you have a smart – phone, there is a high chance that you have turned the camera on yourself and tried out Instagram, Snapchat filters or other various such apps.
Today, we live in an era of edited selfies and a weird concept of ever – evolving standards of beauty.
This standard of beauty and popularity of image – based social media have put Photoshop and other filters in everyone’s arsenal.
One such app with lots of filters is Snapchat. A few swipes on Snapchat can give your selfie a crown of flowers or puppy ears.
With a little adjustment on Face – tune; you skin gets smoothen, teeth looks whiter and your lips and eyes get bigger.
A quick share of the same on social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram; and the likes and comments start rolling in.
These filters have been successful in altering people’s perception towards beauty worldwide.
Seems like pretty harmless fun?
This concept of beautifying oneself has led to “Snapchat Dysmorphia” – to describe the psychology who seek plastic surgery to look like snapchat filters.
This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients.
Teenagers are not looking out for permanent flower crowns or puppy dog ears and nose; but instead they are seeking for bigger eyes, fuller lips or a thinner nose.
Along with these, hair transplants and eyelid surgical procedures are also some of the requests by teenagers to improve selfie appearance.
Snapchat Dysmorphia is a form of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a body – image disorder where you keep stressing over one or more minor flaws in your appearance.
The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a roll on one’s self – esteem, making one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world.
This BDD disorder is more than a lack of confidence or an insecurity. The teenagers suffering from this often go to great lengths to hide their imperfections.
A study also revealed that those teenagers suffering from a dysmorphic body image seek out social media for validating their attractiveness.
Teenagers are seeking for plastic surgery in hope to look better in selfies and in social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
Up from 42% in 2015, current data show that 55% of surgeons report seeing teenagers who request surgery to improve their appearance in selfies.
Previously, patients seeking for plastic surgery heavily relied on the looks of celebrities for inspiration and not photo filters.
But today, teenagers are having these concept of fake beauty leading to higher cases of plastic surgery.
These apps are making us lose touch with reality because today we expect to look perfectly groomed and filtered in real life as well.
Filtered selfies especially can have harmful effects on teenagers or those with BDD as these groups may more severely internalize this beauty standard.
But sadly, plastic surgery is not a solution for teenagers suffering from BDD. Instead, they need psychological help and even medication used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.
If you continuously obsess over your “flaws” in your appearance that no one else can see, it may be the time to look for a mental health professional.
The most awful part is if these filters were not present, people would not have found flaws in their appearance.
Teenagers should realize that there is a big difference between editing your selfie on a smartphone and editing yourself with a knife and chemicals.
Instead of thinking of plastic surgery and other stuffs, they should try to focus on and develop real talents, abilities and skills.
Have a faith and belief on yourself and not on these modified Snapchat filters.