Social Media Use Spawns Medical Condition

Social media filters are fun! You can look like a puppy dog or a nerdy cat or a fairy princess, or just hot! Like, slightly hotter than you actually are. Like you, but spackled and sandblasted and shaved down until you have a chin sharper than the Matterhorn and the complexion of a cotton ball.

The problem is, when you alter a photo and the result is a you-but-better-version staring back, you may start to get it in your head that that’s what you should look like. And so, cosmetic doctors are now noticing an uptick in people who are bringing Facetuned, filtered and otherwise altered photos into their offices, or pulling up unaltered selfies to point out what they want fixed. In fact, 55% of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who wanted to improve how they looked in selfies in 2017–a 13% increase over the previous year!

The docs are calling it “Snapchat dysmorphia,” and it’s a phenomenon that can mess with our heads, fostering some unhealthy ideas about what we really see in the mirror — and on our phones. Seems the problem is especially acute with young people, too.

So, what to do? Well, first and foremost, stop obsessing over every imperfection you have…everybody’s got ’em, whether you can see them on social media or not. Keep worrying about it, and you might also head down the path towards a more problematic psychological disorder, as well. Finally, also keep in mind one simple thing that might just blow your mind: the only face in the world that you can never actually really see is your own. So when you alter photographs of yourself, you’re just creating one unreliable image on top of another and correcting imperfections that the average observer may not notice anyway…

And there you go. You may now take a deep breath, exhale, and relax. You’re welcome…

Photos: CNN