Have we become addicted to our filters? You bet we have! If we’re not using certain apps with their own built-in filters, we are actually downloading apps that do the work for us. You would think there’s no harm in that but come on! It’s harmless to use filters that give you cute bunny ears and blushing cheeks but when certain filters slightly lift your cheeks, shrink your nose and give you pouttier lips and you start feeling better like this ….well then this is where the problems begin. Instagram has taken an unprecedented step by eliminating any selfie filters that offer to change or enhance our features.
Starting on October 23, IG users were no longer able to find filters that change or enhance their appearance. It has been found that such filters “create a significant disconnect between your brain and your body image” and they basically “mimic the effects of plastic surgery”. Last year doctors actually came up with a term for this disconnect and they called it “Snapchat Dysmorphia” where more and more young patients were seeking surgical procedures to look like the filtered versions of themselves. Spark AR, Facebook’s platform for augmented reality development announced that they will no longer add any filters that are connected in any way with plastic surgery. Moreover, they will remove any past filters and associated effects from their Effect Gallery.
This step came after Instagram also started to implement stricter measures when it comes to sponsored diet content. This of course came after they received backlash at allowing ads that promote excessive weight loss with miraculous claims such as Khloe Kardashian’s Flat Tummy Tea. It seems that Instagram grew sick of the claims that associate it with low self-esteem, and negative body image especially in teens and young adults and instead they want to become a positive place for its users. While removing such filters won’t change these facts overnight but we’re all in for them nonetheless.