No matter how modest or camera-shy you may be, there's no escaping the selfie. From the dictionary to Halloween costumes and even a horrible song being played on Top 40 radio, it's everywhere. And it's much more evil than we initially thought. Apparently, it's the reason so many more people under 30 years old are hitting up their local plastic surgeon's office to request 10 percent more nose jobs, 7 percent more hair transplants, and a 6 percent more eyelid surgery, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In fact, the survey found one out of three plastic surgeons say they've seen an increase in requests for procedures like these related to patients being "more self-aware of looks with social media." Like, #OMG!
Dr. Edward Farrior, President of the Academy, explained in a news release (which sounds like a sneaky pitch to me):
Social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and the iPhone app Selfie.im, which are solely image based, force patients to hold a microscope up to their own image and often look at it with more self-critical eye than ever before. These images are often the first impressions young people put out there to prospective friends, romantic interests and employers, and our patients want to put their best face forward.
Wow, used to be we were so self-conscious about our looks, because of the media's unrealistic standards of beauty. Or celebrities, even though we knew they were airbrushed and nipped and tucked within an inch of their lives. That was horrible, but makes so much more sense than worrying about trying to keep up on Facebook and Instagram! Striving for Jennifer Aniston's skin or a Victoria's Secret model's hair actually seems logical when compared to trying to look better in a photo taken with a smartphone. Ugh.
Also, someone please explain to me why the need for plastic surgery when you've got perfectly easy access to software like Photoshop and filters that make any feature look more flattering? I don't get it. A more image-conscious world may be making us more self-aware, but that doesn't mean we have to start going under the knife. Come on, people, even the reigning Queen of Plastic Surgery Kim Kardashian knows -- there are apps that'll do that for you!
Has taking selfies made you more self-conscious about your face?
Image via Kim Kardashian/Instagram