We are all guilty of it. Using Snapchat filters to enhance your look in your video or photos is a common thing these days. But how far is too far?
Unfortunately, while using the Snapchat filters, they can often show what your (beautiful in our opinion) flaws are when comparing them to the real thing. Additionally, other things like wrinkles that you may never have noticed before, are now coming out of the light due to the filter. The next step? Making the filter as close to real life as you can.
In a Vox article about the epidemic, Noëlle Sherber
explained, “I have a lot of millennials as part of my practice. Most of the time, they want to talk about how they appear in their edited photos. And they are looking to explore options of how to translate that into reality.”
According to Sherber, we get use to seeing our faces an edited state. Thinning noses, blurring scars and marks, plumping lips and breasts, brightening the skin, narrowing the waist and enlarging eyes.
If you haven’t picked up what WRUW is saying in this article, it’s that your expectations will never meet your digitally altered photo. It’s not realistic to take that photo into a plastic surgeon and expect those results. Why? Because it’s digitally altered which isn’t the real world. Because you can’t have bone and tissue surgery – seriously.
“Some of the changes they are making to their faces are not achievable,” explained the doctor. “We can’t do that in real life. And if they really can’t be made to match that, they will be inherently disappointed.”
This is where our campaign, #ReflectMeLike comes in place. Embrace what you have and hope you can see more of it in the fashion and creative world. That when you turn on the tv, you see plenty of wrinkles. Hope that you see someone who has your skin tone. Hope to see someone with crooked teeth. That is what we want, not filtered and heavily edited photos.
As a result of this craze, the Snapchat filter obsession even has a name – Snapchat dysmorphia.
If this isn’t a rude awakening call to all chill from our phones or stop comparing on social media, then we don’t know what else is. If you want to edit a photo, go for it. But please remember that when you being vulnerable with your photos, you’re a reflection of what someone else out there might want to see #ReflectMeLike.
By Staci Wuokko