Declare edited photographs on social media

Declare edited photographs on social media

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Dr Shirin Lakhani speaks as a leading Harley Street cosmetic doctor and mother about the importance a new law to display a label on edited photographs online would play around protecting the physical and mental health of ourselves and our children

Dr Shirin Lakhani echoes from her experience formerly as a GP and now as a cosmetic doctor and mother who sees first hand the impact this has on young people.

She speaks of her fears about how these digital enhancements are changing the way people perceive their bodies and what is normal and not normal.

‘A 2017 study in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications found that people only recognised manipulated images 60%-65% of the time,’ explains Dr Shirin Lakhani. ‘I am sure this stat will be significantly higher now. It is terrifying to think of how this will affect young people who are growing up in this world. With the prevalence of filters and airbrushing on social media, how on earth will it be possible for our children to grow up with normal, realistic images of what is beautiful?

‘The use of digital enhancement on social media is so commonplace nowadays that people use filters and apps to completely reshape their face and body,’ she explains. ‘You’re now able to quickly create a new version of yourself which is comparable to looking in the mirror every day. Because these filters and edits have become the norm among influencers and celebrities, it’s altering people’s perception of normal beauty ideals worldwide.’

We want Instagram to request its users to declare edited images on their photographs to help its audience learn what real, unfiltered beauty really is.

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