It’s called “Snapchat dysmorphia” and plastic surgeons say more social media users are suffering from it, according to researchers at Boston University.
With filters readily available to more users, beauty standards around the world have changed. A quick swipe eliminates all flaws and wrinkles making users appear instantly flawless and seemingly more attractive.
Researchers say tools like photoshop used to be exclusively available to celebrities and models. Now the general public has the same access to those very same tools almost instantaneously. Research has found that an increasing number of users are seeking out plastic surgeons to help them achieve the ideal image perpetuated by social media apps like Snapchat and Facetune.
“Snapchat dysmorphia” has become worrisome to experts because it has potentially negative effects on self-esteem. It can also trigger body dysmorphic disorder. BDD is an obsession with a perceived flaw that stifles confidence and increases insecurity.
According to the study, plastic surgeons became increasingly aware of body dysmorphic disorder in 2017.
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