The social networks they arrived with the filters, photo editing tools that can change the appearance of any user. Its rise in recent years has an impact on mental health. This phenomenon is known as selfie dysmorphia.
In order to define what it is, it must be differentiated from body dysmorphia. It is a self-image disorder in which you cannot stop thinking about one or more defects in your appearance. Selfie dysmorphia is a type of body dysmorphia that is based on a disorder based on the obsession with comparing oneself with images that are retouched or distorted by social media filters. The majority of those affected are usually teenagers and networks play an important role.
This type of filters can reach change user appearance by including makeup, freckles, hair or eye color. People get used to using these types of effects to look more attractive and over time they stop liking themselves. They create an illusion that does not correspond to reality. Likewise, they are usually found on networks such as TikTok or Instagram and can also modify other facial features such as the eyes or face.
‘The Wall Street Journal’ revealed the existence of an internal Meta report that pointed out the negative impact that comparisons could have among teenage users on Instagram. The report showed that “32% of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.”
The situation can sometimes cause people affected by this disorder to go to a surgeon to undergo surgery. aesthetic touch-ups.
How selfie dysmorphia affects
According to a study by the University of Oxford (Core Clinical Features of Body Dysmorphic Disorder), this disorder usually manifests itself, as a general rule, in different ways depending on gender.
In the case of the womenthe areas of most concern are:
In the case of the menthe parts they focus on the most are:
- Hair (alopecia)
This type of insecurities can lead to a frustration. Selfie dysmorphia can have several behaviors at a general level such as the need for camouflage, comparing oneself with others, checking behavior or looking insistently in the mirror, excessive grooming or low self-esteem.