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A New Way Selfies Make You Hate Yourself | Care2 Healthy Living

Have you ever used a filter on a Snapchat or Instagram selfie? You know, the ones that make you look like a cute little puppy, a flower-crowned princess, or a gorgeous, clear-skinned bombshell? Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I could look this way in real life…” and let out a long, heavy sigh? You might be surprised to hear that this kind of thinking is becoming more and more common. In fact, it’s even leading people to seek out plastic surgery. Our selfies are making us increasingly unhappy with the way we look.

It’s called Snapchat Dysmorphia, and it’s no joke.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people requesting surgical intervention in order to look more like they do when they use a Snapchat filter. The rise of these ‘flawless’ social media filters, is warping our standards of beauty. We are striving to achieve a look that is utterly unrealistic in day-to-day life, and it’s making us sick.

According to recent statistics from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who wanted to improve how they looked in selfies in 2017, which is a 13 percent increase from 2016.

And it is only getting worse.

The more we are confronted with our own image, thanks to dating apps, social media, and technology in general, the more we are going to obsess about how we look.

How to Take Back Your Selfie Control

It’s really not worth going under the knife and getting your face altered to look better—especially if it’s just for a selfie. If you find yourself nitpicking certain elements of your face, skin, or complexion, try these more wholesome tactics instead.

Sincere smile.

Stop taking selfies all the time.

It’s just not healthy to see yourself that much. At no time in human history have we ever been bombarded with our own reflection as much as we are right now, and it is hurting our mental wellness. Plus, studies have shown that constantly taking selfies takes you out of the moment and actually changes how you remember precious memories.

We’re actually more likely to remember them from a third-person perspective, rather than first-person. According to Vox, “77 percent of Americans now own smartphones, and many rely on them for memory support.”

Memory requires a span of attention, which smartphones notoriously soak up. The selfie begins to function as the external memory, but your brain gets disoriented when it sees a picture of yourself inside a memory that it has stored.

Seek out help.

According to research on social media selfies published in JAMA, body dysmorphia is on the spectrum of obsessive compulsive disorders. If your perceived flaws are constantly nagging at you and fostering insecurity, you should absolutely seek out the support of a therapist before even considering plastic surgery.

Body dysmorphic disorders can lead to serious depression and the development of potentially life-threatening eating disorders. And, at the very least, they can make every photograph and every stroll past a reflective surface a moment of living hell.

Find some support to get relief from the self-loathing and self-deprecation and learn to be nicer to yourself. You deserve it.

Know that you are beautiful.

Seriously. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL exactly as you are. You are real. You are authentic. You are natural. Embrace your awesome self.

Beauty is 95 percent confidence, so stop being afraid to be you and just allow yourself to live within your own skin. You’ll be astounded at what a difference it makes in your self-perception and the perception of others, no plastic surgery required.

And above all else, remember that selfie filters are DISTORTIONS of reality. Even if you don’t use filters, you’re looking at a mirror image of yourself, which is unrealistic and a little off-looking to begin with.

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