Could Selfies Harm Your Teen’s Mental Well-Being?

Selfies aren’t just a convenient way to capture a moment. Editing images before sharing on social media may contribute to low self-esteem and body dysmorphic disorder, reports research published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Increasingly, patients are opting for plastic surgery to look better in selfies or appear more like filtered versions of themselves—known as “Snapchat dysmorphia.” Edited selfies create a mental riff with reality because you may expect to look that way in real life, experts say. Teens bear the brunt of this experience since they’re more likely to internalize these unrealistic beauty standards. If your teen seems preoccupied with his or her appearance and it’s interfering with work, school and other activities, talk with your child’s doctor.


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