It’s almost hard to remember, but once upon a time, you DIDN’T see new photos of yourself on a weekly basis. We took photos only on special occasions and the film had to actually be developed. Sure, we looked in the mirror, but that’s not the same.
But today, we look at photos of ourselves CONSTANTLY . . . and that’s SHREDDING our self-confidence. Dr. Adam Schaffner is a plastic surgeon in New York. He says plastic surgery numbers keep going up . . . and Facebook is the reason.
Quote, “With a good degree of frequency, people will come in and say, ‘I saw myself in the mirror but I didn’t really notice it until I saw myself on Facebook or on my iPhone.’
“When you look in the mirror, you’re seeing the mirror image of yourself. But when you see yourself on social media, you’re seeing yourself the way the world sees you.”
Dr. Yael Halass is another plastic surgeon who agrees. She says, quote, “I’d say maybe 80% of the time patients whip out a photo of themselves on an iPhone and say, ‘See this? This is what I’m talking about.’”
Cosmetic surgeries were up 2% in 2011 despite the economy. Facelifts were up 5% and chin augmentations were up 71% . . . both of those are common surgeries people want after seeing unflattering Facebook photos.