With Perfection Only a Tap Away
While face filters initially introduced by the messaging app Snapchat were playful and innocent, today the majority of them are intended to enhance beauty. Nearly all filters enlarge the eyes, plump the lips, and smoothen and brighten the skin. Although there is no harm in adding a layer of virtual makeup, such filters have detrimental effects in how they morph the user’s choices into a stereotypical notion of beauty. They reshape how we see ourselves, others, and our expectations of what the human body is supposed to look like. Fiction becomes reality, and reality becomes fiction.