Selfies have become a new trend all over the world. From celebrities to models to normal people at home, everyone has taken at least one selfie. We are constantly seeing celebrities post selfies of themselves, or even selfies with other celebrities, being posted on the internet and on TV. This constant showing off of how good the celebrities look in their thousand dollar dresses gives a false impression of what people should always look like.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are known for taking selfies and posting them, and she also just came out with a BOOK of just selfies she has taken over the past decade. In all of these selfies, the celebrities and models are always done up with tons of makeup and in the right lighting.
They never fail to look anything but gorgeous. When we see these famous celebrities and models post these flawless pictures, we believe that we also have to look like that in order to be accepted. This creates insecurities in both women and men when they take pictures. We expect that our selfies, taken from an iPhone with limited edits and not professionally done makeup, should look like the selfies we see online.
Snapchat is a photo sharing app that allows the user to send photos to other people for a certain amount of time. There are settings that you can set your time to from 1-10 seconds, after the time is up, the picture is gone forever. Snapchat launched in 2011 and has over 100 million users today. The main use of Snapchat is to send selfies to other people. This is a trend that has only continued to grow over the past couple of years. Snapchat has increasingly grown over the past 4 years.
- Women take an average of 6 selfies before achieving the perfect selfie, compared to a man taking only 4
- Even though Snapchat pictures can only be seen for a max time, people will still take time retaking the picture
- Out of the 100 million Snapchat users, 70% are woman
- Plastic Surgeons are finding a 31% increase in surgeries due to wanting to be “social media” appropriate
Social media like Snapchat is a fun way to share quick photos with friends and family. People are beginning to use Snapchat and Instagram as a way to show off their selfies and look good. But with this comes the criticism many people get, and even give to themselves, about their selfie pictures and trying to look like celebrities or models do in their selfies. Over the past year, there has been much concern over people going to extreme measures to achieve this “perfect” selfie picture.
With new photo sharing social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, many people are taking and sharing much more selfies than ever before. Having the ability to share these selfies and pictures of their bodies to everyone has caused many people to become much more self aware of their bodies, and of any flaws they might see in themselves. There are even editing apps like Selfie that can have someone hold a microscope up to their face and edit any flaws they might see. This has caused an increase in plastic surgery over the past couple of years. Many plastic surgeons have reported and increase of women getting face lifts, nose jobs, and Botox over the last year, while male patients were reported to have gone with Botox and hair implants.
This video is about a woman who went and got fillers into her left hand, so she could take the “perfect” engagement ring picture, where her hands do not look bad, and be able to post it on social media websites with out her feeling self conscious about herself.
Many people just take selfies or pictures of themselves to post, but it’s becoming much more common that people are using selfies as a way to scrutinize their own bodies and faces, which causes them to become self-aware of any flaws they might see. This can cause them to become self-conscious enough to take such great measures like plastic surgery in order to fix the problem.