By Nick Pitts - The Daily Briefing (adapted)
CBS News reports: "The phenomenon, dubbed 'Snapchat dysmorphia', has people requesting fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose in order to look like the filtered or photo-edited versions of themselves.
"This is an alarming trend because those filtered selfies often present an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients," researchers from Boston University School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology wrote in a recent article, published in the medical journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
"Before the rise in the popularity of selfies, the most common complaint from people seeking rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, was the hump of the dorsum of the nose. Now, plastic surgeons say nasal and facial asymmetry is the more common concern."
I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson sang it and unfortunately many are acting on it by undergoing surgery. Today, an app exists for kids to simulate plastic surgery procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported an increase of 28 percent since 2010 among patients 20 to 29 years old. A 2018 poll found that 55 percent of surgeons reported having patients who said they were seeking cosmetic procedures to improve their perceived appearance in photos posted on social media.
When you compare yourself to others, envy and frustration fills the chasm between you and them. When you compare yourself to God, His grace replaces your envy and His loving patience tempers your frustration. Insecurity feeds on your weaknesses and feasts on others' strengths. The desire to be pretty is rooted in the longing to be wanted.
God says in Psalm 139 that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were planned before the world began and that you are loved immeasurably more than you can grasp. Whatever you look like, know that you are valuable and wanted. Look for the image of God in your selfie and consider the cross of Christ to understand how much He longs for a relationship with you. (1 Cor. 3:3, Ps. 37:7 Gen. 1:27, Is. 59:1-2, John 3:16).•