We’ve covered how social media may be impacting the way you see yourself, and it seems that social media companies may agree. Instagram recently announced that it’s banning all filters that promote or give users the appearance of having had plastic surgery.
The company cited concerns about users’ mental health and the impact such filters have on self-image. What do you think about the filter ban? Let us know.
Instagram’s Official Statement
Instagram released an official statement to major news outlets regarding the new policy.
The statement reads:
“We’re re-evaluating our policies – we want our filters to be a positive experience for people. 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.”
The spokesperson representing the company was not identified.
The Effects of Social Media on Self-Image
The impact that social media has on our lives is significant. Seeing others at exciting events and interesting places gives us FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Looking at picture-perfect family photos can make us question our parenting skills.
And looking at images that have been altered to promote plastic surgery can affect our self-image.
One study found that increased social media use was associated with the development of eating disorders, and another found a significant link to increased risk of suicide.
The statistics are alarming.
Taking a Break from Social Media
If you’re struggling with any of the situations noted above, it may be time to take a break from social media. You may be surprised at how your life improves once you go on a digital detox.
There are many benefits associated with disconnecting from social media. It’s okay to put the phone down.