CNET- Everyone seems to look perfect on Snapchat. That’s thanks to a vast array of filters and editing options that can change our real-life appearance in an instant. But obsessively tinkering with how we look on social media can have damaging effects. Doctors have coined a new term, “Snapchat dysmorphia,” to describe the psychology of patients who seek cosmetic surgery procedures to look more like the filtered versions of themselves. While no one is asking for surgically attached Pokemon Pikachu ears, patients are requesting fuller lips, bigger eyes and thinner noses to look more like the altered versions of themselves that appear on apps like Snapchat and Facetune, according to a new article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
“This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients,” say the piece written by doctors from Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology.
I gotta tell ya, I don’t see how this is any different than the good ol’ days of people wanting plastic surgery to look better. Maybe it’s happening at a higher rate among younger people because Snapchat is used by a lot of young people but how does that really make it any different? The hard truth is that Snapchat filters do make you look way better. I have Snapchat and I’ve tossed a couple filters on my face and guess what? I looked way better! Like way better. My skin is smoother. My eyes are prettier. I look like a goddamn snack. I look better with dog ears and a dog nose on my head than my normal appearance.
Snapchat filters make you look 10-15x better than your actual self. I would never get plastic surgery cause I’m #perfect #just #the #way #I #am but I get why people do it. The people who do it are just braver and more willing to take the hatred for themselves one step further and go under the knife. I actually respect it. People who say, “I don’t understand why people would get plastic surgery” are liars. You’re telling me those people have never once looked in the mirror and wanted to change something about the way they look? They have. We all have. It’s part of being human. It’s just that the rest of us look in the mirror, want to change something about the way we look and then just keep on living and do nothing. Have you seen me? Even if you haven’t seen me, you’ve seen one of my lookalikes. I’m ugly as fuck but I don’t care and that’s the difference.