Slay queens resort to plastic surgery to look like Snapchat filters

Leslie Hanson
August 7, 2018

That can take a heavy toll on a person's self-esteem and trigger or worsen body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in vulnerable individuals.

This horrifying development in the human psyche is called "Snapchat dysmorphia", and it's explained in a new journal article published by Boston University School of Medicine researchers.

The thought behind their research is that by heavily editing our appearance online, social media users are feeling the need to be flawless and are losing touch with reality through the use of filters, which seemingly make everyone look ideal.

People with BDD may spend a lot of time comparing their looks with others', looking in or avoiding mirrors and going to great lengths to hide perceived flaws.

"Our sense of what's real, what's possible when it comes to beauty is warped by our overexposure to these images", Engeln said. It's a mirror that travels with you everywhere.

The whole situation is being dubbed "Snapchat dysmorphia" and the fact it has been given a name should perhaps highlight just how prevalent it is.

"Today's generation can't escape "the Truman effect" because from birth they are born into an age of social platforms where their feelings of self-worth can be based purely on the number of likes and followers that they have, which is linked to how good they look or how great these images are", Esho told the Independent.

Snapchat has denied it pressures its users into presenting a ideal image of themselves on social media, maintaining the app is free from the "vanity metrics" deployed by its rivals.

Additional research has shown 55 percent of plastic surgeons report seeing patients who want to improve their appearance in selfies.

Vashi said that the prevalence of social media is causing society to become "more and more preoccupied, obsessed with ... what we look like". An estimated 17.5 million people had surgery in 2017 alone, which was a 2 percent rise from 2016. In some cases, it can even lead to developing body dysmorphic disorder, she said.

"It can bring feelings of sadness and then if one really develops this disorder, that sadness clearly progresses to something that can be risky and alarming", Vashi added. This can involve engaging in repetitive behaviors such as skin picking, and visiting dermatologists or plastic surgeons hoping to change their appearance.

Users are also shielded from other potentially anxiety-inducing measurements including how many friends they or others have on the platform, or how many people view each other's Stories, they concluded.

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