In the past few years, there is a rapid growth in the selfie trend. The selfie culture has exploded all over the world in the past couple of years. But it is not just a photo clicked by you and just look like, a photograph that one has taken of oneself through his smartphone but selfie is much more than that. The recent trend of snapchat filters made it worse.
But some people may underestimate that how much selfies actually impact our lives. People are changing their perception of beauty and all the credit goes to photo-centered social media platforms. We are constantly bombarded by the digitally altered photos on various social media platforms which are setting new beauty standard. Puppy dog’s ears, flower crowns and modified lips within Snapchat are creating a desire for young people to achieve more of selfie look. These filters are so popular nowadays. This thing is automatically triggering body dysmorphic disorder in some people who are now asking plastic surgeons to look exactly like Snapchat filters in real life permanently.
What is Snapchat Dysmorphia is all about?
If you have ever used a filter on social media and wished you also looked that way in real life, you may be suffering from “Dysphoria”, a mental condition where a person is obsessed by the flaws they think they have. This mental condition is previously known as body dysphoria. The community of plastic surgeons is saying that this is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies which are practically unattainable and are the blurring line of reality and fantasy for their patients.
Social Media and Mental Health
The scariest thing is that such type of obsession is affecting the mental health of many users. In a recent study, it was found that the adolescent girls who manipulated their pictures had a higher level of concern with their bodies and tend to overestimate their body weight and shape.
The condition of dysmorphia is named after Snapchat. Because Snapchat’s rival is Instagram and to compete with them, they are constantly changing features of facial-flaw editing app. But in this digital technologies competition, the mindset of people is changing in terms of beauty standard. They are spending their most of time in editing and clicking the perfect selfies to look better on the social media platforms. These apps allow us to alter our appearance in an instant to an unrealistic and often unattainable standard of beauty.
Psychologists are worried about the role of these photo editing apps. They are creating unrealistic expectations in people appearance. It can be said that these apps are making us lose touch with reality because we expect to look perfectly and filtered in real life too. Some scientists say filtered selfie especially can have harmful effects on adolescents or those who are suffering from BD (body dysmorphia) because these groups may more severely internalize this beauty standard.
Our obsession with appearance in the western world increased a surprising demand for plastic surgeons.
So what we can do about this mental disorder?
However, this mental disorder can be curable. But we can take some steps that can be helpful to treat all who are suffering from this mental disorder. First of all, accept that you have this disorder. Talk to your doctor or therapist about the situations or events may trigger. Physical exercise can help too many of the symptoms associated with this disorder. Ask your doctor or therapist to recommend some self-help books about this kind of disorder. You can take some important steps to avoid the trigger of this mental disorder by yourself. Ask for family support and join the group of people who are also suffering from this disorder. This can be very helpful in understanding the condition.
Last but not the least, don’t ever make decisions about undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures while you feel low or feel anxious about your looks. This is a very critical step to solve this problem. Just accept your real being and appreciate yourself for being what you are.