Doctor Warns People Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery
For Getting Perfect Selfies call Its as “Selfie Dysmorphia”
74% Women Lowers Their Confidence And Desires To Change Look Because They Don’t Get Perfect SELFIES: Survey
The study has been conducted by The Esthetic Clinics, India’s renowned nationwide chain of clinics for cosmetic surgery and skincare. This is the first-ever experimental study in India on the psychological effects of taking and posting selfies on social media
In the research spanning 300 people across four cities, it was found that the process of taking, altering and posting selfies negatively affects self-esteem and body image perception as well as promotes body dysmorphia
The findings have clinical implications for the prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties, and raise significant concerns about social media use and well-being
In Mumbai Increase in anxiety among men is 63% and in women is 75%
Decrease in Confidence among 69% of men and 74% of women. Desire to change looks through cosmetic surgery in Men increase to 62%, and in Women, it has increase to 74%
Mumbai, February 13, 2019 – Think twice before you take that selfie! Selfies are notorious not only for causing injuries and death among people lost in the act of clicking themselves with a phone camera, they also have disastrous psychological impact, leaving selfie-takers feeling more anxious, less confident, and less physically attractive. The feelings of inadequacy are intense enough to drive many of them to undergo cosmetic surgery to change their facial appearance. These are the findings of a landmark study conducted by The Esthetic Clinics involving 300 patients who presented themselves at its branches in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad for cosmetic surgery procedures.
The study found that people posting selfies untouched without using any filters saw a significant increase in anxiety and decrease in confidence.
Those posting untouched and even retouched selfies also experienced a significant decrease in feelings of physical attractiveness. Generally, taking and posting a selfie on social media resulted in lowered mood and worsened self-image.
Participants who had the opportunity to retake and modify their selfie before posting it to social media still experienced decreases to mood and anxiety. Significantly, majority of people posting selfies wanted to undergo cosmetic surgery and procedures to change their looks.
Given that men and women between 16–25 years of age spend up to 5 hours per week taking selfies and uploading them to their personal profiles, these findings have clinical implications for the prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties and raise significant concern about social media use and well-being.
Renowned facial plastic and facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Debraj Shome, Director, The Esthetic Clinics Said “This first-of-its-type study in India, conducted across four cities, has found that the process of taking, altering and posting selfies negatively affects self-esteem and body image perception, and promotes body dysmorphia. There is significant negative effect of taking and posting selfies on changes to mood and feelings of physical attractiveness. Patients who took and posted selfies reported feeling more anxious, less confident, and less physically attractive afterwards. Harmful effects of selfies were found even when participants could retake and retouch their selfies. We found that the act of selfies being taken and posted contributes to significant feelings of inadequacy over looks, and a strong desire to change looks through cosmetic surgery and procedures. We as doctors have a duty today society, to think about the welfare of society. If we don’t take care, India will also become like California in the USA, where a large portion of the population consider cosmetic surgeries”.
Dr. Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and co-founder of The Esthetic Clinics Said “Social media interactions have become the new normal. The camera in the phone has ironically become the reason why the phone sells! It is well known that selfies are a risk to one’s life and limb, with hundreds of people dying or sustaining injuries while taking selfies. This study has now shown for the first time that selfies have an adverse psychological effect on one’s personality too. The impact is even more devastating on people with low self-esteem who take to social media to engage in public behaviour with reduced risk of disgrace and social anxiety. We cannot find any upside to the act of taking selfies, and strongly recommend that the Government seriously consider banning front-facing cameras in mobile phones. There is also a need to launch a nationwide campaign to discourage people from taking selfies.”