Many of us have spent many a frustrating hour wishing that we looked as flawless as someone on our screens. It’s almost 2020, and people are able to completely alter their appearance by using filters, which were popularised on the social-networking app Instagram and are now seemingly taking over the world.
Imperfections big or small can be easily erased thanks to this innovative new software. But this is all about to change because Instagram has announced that they will be banning all filters that depict or promote cosmetic surgery. The reason? To try and stop detrimental effects on people’s mental health.
Filters can be fun. You can turn yourself into a fairy or a bunny and a host of other different, weird characters.
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Some of the most popular filters, however, weren’t fluffy animals or spewing rainbows. They were the ones that gave selfies an airbrush effect. These would erase any imperfections and even enhance your natural features. But this was not without consequence, and it was only a matter of time before it started to take a toll on our collective mental health.
This plastica filter is giving me inspiration for the future pic.twitter.com/wP1OzsAicl
— Ruqaiya (@ruqaiya_h) August 10, 2019
‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ is a term coined by psychologists and sociologists and refers to people who seek out cosmetic surgery and procedures so that they can look more like they do with a filter over their face. This is why Instagram is re-evaluating its policies, especially the impact of them on our mental well-being.
A spokesperson said: ‘While we’re re-evaluating our policies, we will remove all effects from the [effects] gallery associated with plastic surgery, stop further approval of new effects like this and remove current effects if they’re reported to us.’
Whether this will start to help us like how we actually look IRL, we don’t know. But at least it’s a step in the direction of #nofilter.
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