Altered images on social media ‘detrimental’ for mental health
- Campaigners have said that social media adverts must clearly state the use of manipulated images because of the risk to people’s mental health.
- A postgraduate student, Lara Philippart, began a petition after social media caused her to have anxiety about her body. She then began researching it as part of her master’s degree.
- This follows Norway’s new law to stop influencers from posting modified photos without declaring alterations.
- A study by London’s City University found 90% of women surveyed would edit pictures to reshape their nose or jaw, brighten their teeth or alter their waist before posting on social media.
- Lara expressed concerns that people were ‘under-eating’ in a bid to look like those unachievable images created with filters.
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