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The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019



The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019

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12 OPINION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 YOU may have noticed a new trend on Instagram of late: the increase in filters that make it look as if youd had plastic surgery. The augmented reality (AR) technology sees immediate results, unlike the tedious job of photoshopping faces for a later post. Within milliseconds, you too can boast post-surgery lip fillers and high cheekbones. But just as swiftly as these filters were introduced, they have now been banned by Instagrams AR company, Spark. In a Facebook post in October, the company declared they would no longer allow such filters to proliferate feeds, citing user wellbeing as the deciding factor: We want Spark AR effects to be a positive experience and are re-evaluating our existing policies as they relate to well-being. While this happens, were removing all effects associated with plastic surgery from the Instagram Effect Gallery. Its a positive move from the social media giant and comes on the heels of their controversial decision to remove like counts from images for similar reasons. The real question now is, has it gone far enough or do we need to remove filters altogether? A simple swipe left on any humble users Instagram stories lands you at the Paris filter one of the more standard filters within the Instagram ecosystem. Not wearing makeup? Sporting a few spots? No worries Paris erases them in a jiffy, and leaves you feeling like youve dedicated your day to expensive spa treatments and an excellent makeup artist without leaving the comfort of your couch. This option has become so ubiquitous that even this writer can barely stand to see her normal face on selfie mode anymore, and apparently, Im not alone. According to Renee Engeln, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, this is actually a disturbing new condition thats been termed Snapchat Dismorphia. Theres an issue with losing perspective on what you actually look like, and its not something we talk about much, she said, during a recent chat with Huffington Post. Its not enough [to] have to compare yourself to these perfected images of models, but now youve got this daily comparison of your real self to this intentional or unintentional fake self that you present on social media. Its just one more way to feel like your falling short every day. This sensation clearly converts. According to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Australians are now spending around $1 billion cosmetic treatments. The highest group shelling out for these non-invasive procedures are people under 30, which is alarming considering most of us just wish we looked like we did back when we were under 30 ourselves. According to the Kardashians LAbased plastic surgeon, Dr. Simon Ourian, these young patients are seeking a way to get that Paris filter look in real life, 24/7. A few years ago, people wanted to have dramatic improvements, Ourian said recently. Now people are becoming more aware that a little goes a long way, so its a breath of fresh air to see patients who just want to do a little bit at a time, or maybe just enhance it no more than 20 percent at a time. That way theyll continue to look like themselves, but perhaps a more Instagram-filtered version. But if you think these plastic surgery trends are limited to the excesses of American enclaves like Hollywood, youd be wrong. Last year, Australia overtook America as the country with the highest percapita plastic surgery rate in the world. Over 500,000 cosmetic surgeries were completed last year alone. Which begs the question, is it time to get rid of filters plastic surgery or otherwise - altogether? For decades, magazines have been photoshopping every nook and cranny of almost-perfect models to begin with and it has taken us years to claw back any semblance of diversity representation within the fashion industry. However, this these filters that can enhance your lips, rise your cheekbones and sculpt your jaw is instant Photoshop. For everyone. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Continuing to use these filters mean that we, pardon the pun, face the risk of forgetting what normal faces look like. Were about to lose all the strides weve gained. Bianca ONeill is a columnist for RendezView.com.au Instagrams decision to ditch plastic surgery filters is a great move but is it already too late? Filters have gone too far BIANCA ONEILL Young people are forgetting what a real face looks like

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