Surely, these false ideals we’re inundated with and contributing to on social media and the subsequent pressure to constantly be camera-ready is having an alarming impact on Generation Y? Yes, celebrities have always been primped and preened to perfection, but now we can stalk their every move, buy their lipgloss, their clothing line, their hair extensions and undergo casual surgery to look like them. Even our friends, with the help of some good lighting, apps, contouring, filters and/or fillers, can look just as good – if not better. For someone who doesn't consider themselves to be particularly vain – nor am I an impressionable teen – I’ll be the first to admit that if my selfie or upload is not solid, it will not see the light of day, and I wait patiently, sometimes anxiously, for likes to flood in (or more likely ebb slowly) once posted.
New statistics published by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in February 2016
, reveal that a record number of over 15,000 Britons underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015, with the number of cosmetic operations growing by 13% overall since 2014. These facts and figures are especially interesting when we take into account the findings from a new survey
on social media habits by Privilege Home Insurance, carried out by Opinium, which revealed that 6.9 million Brits or one in five social media users feel dejected when looking at posts online. The report also revealed that one in ten feel embarrassed if a post doesn’t receive enough likes, favourites, retweets or comments and the same percentage of people have even gone as far as deleting a post if it hasn’t received any interactions; a statistic that worryingly doubles amongst 18-34 year olds.
When it comes to posting personal photos on social media, 18% admitted that they only post a photo of them and friends if they look good in it, while 7% said they have never put a photo up of themselves without retouching it or filtering it first. Is our constant search for validation and gratification via social media leading more and more people to perfect and alter their appearance IRL? It seems so.
Women's cosmetic surgery rose 12.5% from 2014, and while breast augmentation continues to remain the most popular procedure for women (up 12% from 2014), reportedly, the oversized, spherical 'Jordan' look once associated with implants is no longer popular, as surgeons note patients now prefer more natural, proportionate enhancement.