The pressure of social media and the selfie “cult” it started, already has a huge impact on people’s lives – especially girls. A survey that was held by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says that the surgery business has noticed a big trend in people under 30 years having facial surgery ,in order to look good on each selfie. And if you think that men are less vulnerable to this trend, than you’re wrong, even they get botox or nose jobs to boost their self-confidence.
Yes, self-confidence is the main issue here. The two biggest image based social media platforms, such as Instagram and Snapchat, have made people more aware of their physical appearance (their faces) and confront them almost 7 days out of 7. Everyone takes selfies, and most of us do it every day. While you might not look like you want to in each and every selfie, what would be completely normal, it’s not what we want to see. That’s why many young people have fallen for the option of facial surgery.
Last year, 58% of people younger than 30 have changed something in their faces.
But the problem is bigger than this. Bulling on social media is not something we can deny anymore. Many young children and teens have had facial surgery because they were being bullied. It’s sad that we have to experience such negative trends in platforms that were originally built to create communities and make it easy for people to connect with each other.
How should we deal with this problem? We feel like we have to start with really accepting ourselves and how we look. If you look “bad” in a few selfies, who cares? Most people don’t pay as much attention to your SnapChats or Instagram selfies anyways.
Maybe they underlying cause of this all is egocentrism and narcism?
What are your thoughts?