Why filters are bad?

Excessive time spent looking at filtered versions of themselves can adversely affect people's mood, sleep, and overall mental and physical well-being. Even those who don't spend much time on these applications can feel the ramifications of these filters because they have a way of affecting society as a whole. Another link between filters and mental health is the negative impact on body image. Research shows that young adults who frequently use filters on social media tend to have a greater sense of dissatisfaction with their real face and body.

Not only do they compare their appearance to “perfect images” of celebrities and colleagues, but they judge themselves by their own leaked selfies. This constant comparison can wreak havoc on body image and self-esteem. They become problematic when you don't recognize the real person behind them. Fun filters, like flower crowns, are fine, but those with drastic changes, such as smooth skin, a fuller lip, and a pointed nose, are detrimental to our self-esteem and mental health.

In addition, beauty filters can do more harm than good, since they alter the image of themselves and pressure young women to try to be the way filters make them look in applications. However, research on filters and mental health reveals that filtering actually depletes self-esteem and distorts body image. The filter divides the image into two sections: one half shows a polished and filtered face and the other half shows your natural features (“flaws” and all that).

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