The selfie development simply jumped the shark. An app that guarantees to make you look 15 weight skinnier in your selfies really exists. SkinneePix prices ninety nine cents and makes use of an algorithm to make you seem 5, 10, or 15 lbs lighter. Its app retailer description reads, “SkinneePix makes you feel and look good. No one has to know. It’s not sophisticated. It’s our little secret.”
Ouch. I know we’re within the period of selfies, however why is an app like this even accessible? A current British research reveals that individuals who publish a whole lot of pictures on social media networks like Facebook have much less supportive bonds with family and friends than those that do not, and one other lately revealed examine suggests that girls submit extra selfies than males. That identical examine additionally confirmed that younger women put up much more selfies than grown ladies. Plus, consultants have attributed the rise in cosmetic surgery in folks youthful than 30 partly to the rise of selfie tradition. And at a time when ladies are feeling extra down about themselves than ever, an app that serves to make you look thinner simply reinforces the ages-previous concept that try to be striving to dwell as much as an idealized model of girls that does not exist.
It’s potential that there is an upside to this app: Some analysis does present that an idealized model of your self can quickly increase your shallowness (so in case you’re in search of a fast decide-me-up, testing your individual Facebook profile for a minute or two would possibly assist). The creators of the app, Susan Green and Robin C. Phillips, say they have been impressed after listening to from buddies that they have been sad with how they appeared in pictures.
“All we heard folks say was ‘Delete that, do not you dare tag me in that, that is horrible.’ After the final trip, we had been like, ‘We can do one thing about this,'” Green instructed The Huffington Post. “You’ve all the time heard in regards to the digicam including 15 mass, we simply needed to stage the enjoying discipline.”
Still, I’m probably not shopping for SkinneePix as a approach to really feel higher about your self or your appears to be like. The better part about selfies is that they have fun “common” individuals (#nomakeupselfie, anybody?). They’re not speculated to look good, so why do we’d like an app that simply reinforces the concept the thin selfie is the very best selfie?