You must have observed Snapchat users using filters in order to animate their faces with special effects. However, as if it was not enough, some users have reportedly taken the next step of crazy, by undergoing plastic surgeries to look like their Snapchat filtered versions. Believe me, this is neither mine, nor President Trump’s theory, instead this has been stated by doctors themselves. Whoever had stated that mankind will be making huge strides in the future should look away right now. Oh, where has the world come to?
Snapchat Dysmorphia, the term that has been coined by Boston University School of Medicine researchers, is a form of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), wherein people have an excessive obsessiveness with perceived appearance flaws. This condition has patients undergoing cosmetic surgeries to undergo their filtered looks, consisting of fuller lips, thinner nose, or bigger eyes. The researchers have expressed worries that people are going to extreme lengths to attain such unrealistic looks. They added that such filter features on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and Facetune can pressurize users to look a certain way. Users, especially adolescents, are in danger of losing touch with the reality, if they fall prey to such trends. The analysts added that such people should get treated through psychological interventions from empathetic and non-judgmental health experts. On their part, the clinicians should understand the social media implications on self-esteem and body image on their patients, for better treatment and counseling.
Meanwhile, Snapchat users have been left unimpressed by the latest update for the social media service, which includes an altered arrangement of ‘Stories’ feature, as well as a change in the manner of re-watching a Story. Many of the users took to social media sites such as Twitter to express their displeasure for the new features, using a variety of emojis and GIFs. Users were asking others not to update to the newer version, while some were asking Snapchat to roll back to the previous version. Some users, who had not received the update, meanwhile, had no idea what the hullaballoo was all about.