Due to the close proximity of an Iphone camera, selfies can have distortive effects on a person’s face – leading to skewed self-image.
Boris Paskhover, an assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, explains that selfies are not representative of how we actually look. When you take a selfie you “are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror”.
A survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons found that 42% of patients come in for surgery in order to improve their selfies and pictures posted on social media.
Paskhover believes that the impact of selfies on a person’s self-image is a public health issues.