As pretty as a (Snapchat) picture

Listen to the podcast segment "Do you look like 'you' on social media?" from the August 4, 2018 episode

It's hard to tell what's a real trend and what's a strange set of isolated incidents, but at least a few people are getting surgery to make their real selves look more like their images through Snapchat filters. It's hard to see that news and not wonder whether this is the time of death for the concept of inner beauty.

For those of us who grew up before the emergence of digital photography (and the Internet), the degree to which some people tie their self-image to their social-media feedback is pretty hard to comprehend. But even if you're not using them, Snapchat and Instagram are extremely popular among the 18-24 crowd. And that much real-time interest in your looks has to have a weird impact on self-esteem.

Brian Gongol

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