The covid 19 induced work from home and spending more time on virtual platforms affects self-image of people, leads them to rush for facial treatments which was never in thought before confronting a video screen, a new phenomenon called Zoom Dysmorphia’, says the experts. Selfies and an alteration using photo editing apps to create filtered versions of themselves were used as a metric to value an individual's appearance was changed by the application Zoom.
Dubbed Snapchat dysmorphia, triggered widespread concern for its body dysmorphic disorder. “A recent analysis of Google search trends during the pandemic showed the terms acne’ and hair loss’ are increasing in this newly virtual reality,” the researchers said. It attributes to anxiety and depression, the most common psychological condition during quarantine. The authors noted that in 2019, 72% of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery members reported seeing patients seeking cosmetic procedures to improve their selfies.
In addition, higher levels of engagement on social media have shown to correlate with increased body dissatisfaction, they said. “Unlike the still and filtered selfies of social media, Zoom displays an unedited version of oneself in motion, a self-depiction very few people are used to seeing on a daily basis,” explained Emmy Graber from the Dermatology Institute of Boston, US.