Eye Of The Beholder: Delusional Snapchat Junkies Want Plastic Surgeons To Turn Them Into Their Selfies, Say Doctors
JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery by a team at Boston University School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology. They argue that while things like cat ears and flowers are just "embellishments," other kinds of edits can be detrimental.
The reason this subject is important to study scientifically is because we haven't seen something like it before. How we perform on the internet versus in real life has been a topic of discussion since message boards and AOL chat, but with the advent of social media, people are broadcasting every waking second of their personal lives to strangers for some sort of positive affirmation (likes, upvotes, etc.). "The experience of younger humans in particular in this regard, how they relate to their own appearance, is so profoundly different than at any other point in time," Dr. Patrick Byrne, director of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told CNN. "We used to have photographs, of course, but we gazed upon them and thought about them infrequently."
One problem, according to the JAMA article, is that it's hard for plastic surgeons to distinguish between a patient with BDD and one who just wants more defined cheekbones. "Anything you do with BDD, they will not be happy with," Dr. Byrne said of the former, adding that they "have a habitual repetitive brain pattern. Even if you make someone look better, you're not helping them. You may be hurting them by deepening their obsession and reinforcing its source."
Doing away with selfie culture may be impossible at this point, but it is something worth considering if its exacerbating a very real issue. Let's do more to make #nofilter more popular than it already is.