How taking selfies became an addiction: What are the risks of photo-editing apps? | ITV News

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Published on 22 Mar 2019, 17:41
Junaid Ahmed cares about how he looks, a lot. He frequently posts selfies to his 50,000 Instagram followers. But to gain such a following in a saturated market you must stand out.

We’ve seen this before on magazine stands with airbrushed covers - and the same techniques are now available on smartphones.

"When I first started taking selfies on Instagram, it was just about the filter and nothing else," Junaid says.

“But Instagram has progressed and there are so many more influencers out there. All these apps have now come out, you have to use them to compete with everyone else that is doing social media influencing as well.

"So, using these apps is kind of a routine now. It genuinely is hard work, but everyone out there is looking to get that perfect selfie."

Photo editing apps like FaceTune, AirBrush and Slim & Skinny enable you to easily alter your appearance in selfies. With just a few clicks you can make yourself skinny, remove blemishes, enlarge your eyes or even shrink your nose.

These apps are popular and often appearing in the top app charts.

FaceTune was Apple’s most popular paid for app of 2017 – and counts the likes of Khloe Kardashian among its fans.

Cosmetic surgeons have reported that people have started to ask for treatments that will make them look like their digitally-altered self – a condition surgeons have called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’.

While that’s not a medically recognised condition, young people wanting to look like their airbrushed selfies could be showing symptoms of a mental health condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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