I tweeted about this surge in facial surgery among singles in India. It is presumed to correlate with the rise of social media ‘selfies’ and heightened awareness of perceived ‘flaws’. See more about it by clicking on the link:
Video chats and ‘selfies’ fuel a facial surgery increase among singles http://t.co/pxXDBqhxgf
— Tim Buesing (@tbuesing) August 4, 2013
And I received two interesting links via two followers which you should check out too:
— dyLAB (@dyLABs) August 4, 2013
and TheBodyCon, run by the Butterfly Foundation
— The Body Con (@TheBodyCon) August 4, 2013
My own teenage years were spent without social media (at least not the online version of it), so I was pretty grounded by the time the web and digital self expression came around. Have a look at #Thinstagram on Tumblr – luckily some jokers put in their own version of being thin to lighten the slightly intense mood.
But being a parent automatically makes you think hard about the additional pressure built up by trends of #Thinstagram and the like. Phew.
Thanks to Becky’s comment below I was made aware of another side of the same hashtag. Goes to show that I caught on to the topic in a few minutes and didn’t give it enough research time to understand what’s going on. Thanks Becky, I was just invited to speak at The Body Con in October and will definitely give it more thought until then.
The Butterfly Foundation have just asked to be involved in their The Body Con ad competition. Enter it if you have a creative idea for their challenge: “looking to demonstrate that the representation of the body that we see in media is constructed and often an unhealthy ideal to try to achieve.” You could win $1,000, be screened on Oct 9 at The Seymour Centre and probably make some valuable contacts to take your idea further. Check it out here.