Doctors have coined a new term, "Snapchat dysmorphia", to describe the psychology of patients who seek cosmetic surgery procedures to look more like the filtered versions of themselves.
The Boston University researchers' article noted that it is often "unattainable" for humans to look like their filtered selfies, and that the apps are "blurring the line of reality and fantasy".
People with BDD may spend a lot of time comparing their looks with others', looking in or avoiding mirrors and going to great lengths to hide perceived flaws.
The authors say social media photo filters are altering people's perception of beauty worldwide. A 2017 survey from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sound that 55 percent of surgeons report seeing patients who mention selfies as a reason for requesting surgery, compared to 42 percent in 2015.
The whole situation is being dubbed "Snapchat dysmorphia" and the fact it has been given a name should perhaps highlight just how prevalent it is.
Ten years ago, a teenager might have come into a plastic surgery clinic clutching a photo of their favorite celebrity, professionally Photoshopped to centerfold-level perfection.
However, being obsessed with looking flawless at all times on social media can have negative repercussions.
Being inundated by these edited images on a regular basis can take a toll on people, Vashi said, adding that looking at a photo of yourself and not seeing the same thing reflected in the mirror or an unedited photo can make people unhappy.
A 2007 study published in Primary Psychiatry found that about 80 percent of people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder "experience lifetime suicidal ideation and 24% to 28% have attempted suicide". This can include engaging in repetitive behaviours like skin picking, and visiting dermatologists or plastic surgeons hoping to change their appearance.
"It sounds like people are still going to do it because they like it".
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