Snapchat is causing body dysmorphia

Maricruz Casares
Agosto 7, 2018

Note that the filters in social networks and applications for editing can photo or video to make a flawless skin, expressive cheekbones, large eyes, small nose and so on.

Researchers have discovered that a lot of people, especially teenagers, are impacted by the social media and want to undergo plastic surgery to look like their virtual self, leading to what the doctor's label as Snapchat dysmorphia, Mashable reported.

Everyone appear to look pretty on Snapchat these days, thanks to the vast array of photo filters as well as editing options available on the app which allows people to change real life appearance in just a few seconds.

"Filtered selfies can make people lose touch with reality, creating the expectation that we are supposed to look perfectly primped all the time", she added, in the paper published in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Viewpoint. "Sometimes I have patients who say, 'I want every single spot gone and I want it gone by this week or I want it gone tomorrow, ' because that's what this filtered photograph gave them", said Bostin University professor of dermatology Neelam Vashi.

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Aesthetic doctor Tjan ESO introduced the concept of Snapchat-dismorphia, which is a sign that the person suffers from mental disorders. "That's not realistic. I can't do that".

"Our society is becoming more and more preoccupied, obsessed with social media and images and photographs and what we look like", Vashi said.

How does Snapchat dysmorphia impact teens and young adults? Those with BDD often go to great lengths to hide their imperfections, engage in repetitive behaviors like skin picking or grooming, and may visit dermatologists or plastic surgeons frequently, hoping to change their appearance. The number was a 13 percent increase from the previous year, according to The Post.

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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