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The drawbacks of a selfie
The duck face, the peace and pout and my personal favourite the ‘looking down at the ground with a shy smile to make it not look like a selfie’ selfie – all excellent examples of the social media phenomenon that was also named Word of the Year 2013 by the Oxford Dictionary.
I’ll admit I’m guilty of a selfie every now and then, mostly with friends and in a ‘we’re having so much fun, I bet you wish you were us’ kind of way. But it was always just a bit of a laugh and never taken very seriously.
However, according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the rise of the selfie has coincided with the rise of young adults undergoing plastic surgery. Apparently, by taking selfies frequently, people are harshly judging their facial features and changing their appearance to ultimately look better in their photos.
Out of curiosity we threw this new-found information out to our forum to see what you, our members, thought about the issue. We loved the responses we got. Here’s what you said:
“I don’t see the fuss in taking the ‘perfect’ selfie. I understand we just want to project the best bits of ourselves but what makes a movie even greater? The bloopers reel! No-one’s polished and perfect all the time; show more than just that side of you.” -Jacquelinee
“I’ve noticed something interesting… The people I know who look great in their selfies, they generally don’t look as great in person. For me, it all evens out. I think maybe it’s more like – people whose priority is looking great in a selfie are the type of personality who would be inclined to have plastic surgery anyway.” –Lucrecia629
“Hahaha, I see my flaws in a mirror not a selfie… But I do have some pretty bad photos that I just look at and want fix it all. But I probably never will as I don’t want to look fake.” –Tashee92
“I personally don’t do “selfies” because I am too self-conscious; but I would understand why some people seek plastic surgery, it just puts a lot of pressure on being a certain standard.” –Jodie938
“People shouldn’t really believe what they see in photos anyway. Photos tend to accentuate things that shouldn’t be accentuated (dark circles, stupidly shaped nose) but in no way do they look that bad in real life (certainly not in my mirror anyway!). Anyway, getting plastic is fine but getting plastic surgery for the sole purpose of “looking good in selfies” is pretty dumb.” –Lawliet
The forum thread is still open and you can join in the conversation here.
Do you take selfies? Have you ever considered plastic surgery after seeing a bad photo of yourself?