Filters are part and parcel of the Instagram experience, but ones related to cosmetic surgery are gradually being removed from the platform.
There was a time no more than 15 years ago that people believed those of us who divulged our personal details online deserved everything they had coming to them. Fast forward to today and now those of us who don't live out our lives online are the strange ones. Whether it be our bank details, blood type, our darkest secrets, we seem fine with telling the internet absolutely everything.
Social media is one of the main culprits. There's something about Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that just makes us want to share everything with the world. That's really the point of them existing, right? That being said, we're sure almost everyone reading this will have been scrolling through Facebook and thought someone was seriously oversharing on at least one occasion.
The effect social media can have on our psyche cannot be overlooked either. Enter the latest issue flagged by Instagram users. Some of its filters making users look like they have had cosmetic surgery, or are about to go under the knife. Instagram now allows users to create and share their own filters, hence these cosmetic surgery ones entering the limelight. You can see an example of one in action below courtesy of Sporteluxe.
The problems surrounding these filters have forced Instagram to take action. The platform's developers have revealed that no more cosmetic surgery based filters will be allowed to be added to Instagram. They are also in the process of reviewing and removing any of the ones that are already there. So if you still have access to cosmetic surgery-based filters, make the most of them for now as they'll be gone before you know it.
A wealth of research is being done into the effect social media has on its users. A study by the University of Pittsburgh discovered social media users are 2.2 times more likely to develop body image issues. Letting those users know what they would look like if they were to undergo cosmetic surgery certainly isn't going to help that.