REPORT: New Wave of Plastic Surgery Caused By "Snapchat Dysmorphia"
There’s a new wave of plastic surgery in which people alter their faces to look like touched up or filtered photos — an alarming psychological phenomenon otherwise known as “Snapchat dysmorphia.”
Digitally manipulated apps including Snapchat often times blur imperfections, plump lips, add thickened eyelashes, and even change proportions and face structures. It’s really no wonder there’s a craze to achieve “perfection” with technology like this.
Going a step further, the Facetune photo app allows users to smooth wrinkles, completely reshape their bodies, add custom makeup and so much more. Touched up images are more common than you’d think and it can all be done through an app — but some are now leaning toward real-life fixes like Botox injections to mimic these filters.
Dermatologist Noëlle Sherber has dealt with very real cases like this. “I have a lot of millennials as part of my practice,” she says. “Most of the time, they want to talk about how they appear in their edited photos. And they are looking to explore options of how to translate that into reality.”
According to Vox, this “Snapchat dysmorphia” isn’t just a beauty trend, it’s much more serious. A startling 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who desired procedures to help them “look better” in selfies, a stat up from 13 percent in 2016 as recorded by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons 2017 poll. The problem is, from the perspective of a common selfie, faces can appear distorted to begin with depending on proximity to the lens.
When it comes to plastic surgery, the results may look good, but the repercussions could be self-destructive. “The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one’s self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to body dysmorphic disorder,” according to JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Just know, filter or not, you look perfect.
Snapchat Loses 3 Million Daily Users
Though Snapchat’s new user rate has been declining in recent months, it has never experienced an actual loss of users… until now. In the company’s latest earnings report, it was revealed that the company lost three million daily active users in the second quarter of 2018, from 191 million down to 188 million.
However, it’s not all bad news. The company also beat Q2 revenue projections, bringing in $262 million as compared to an estimate of $250.43 million (based on $1.40 average revenue per user).
Many factors led to this eventual exodus of users, including Snapchat’s much maligned app redesign earlier this year and plenty of competition from apps like WhatsApp and Instagram, which are both now owned by Facebook.
Instagram added 300 million users from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018, followed by Facebook at 228 million and WhatsApp at 200 million. By comparison, Snapchat added only 15 million daily users over the past year.
Evan Spiegel, Snap chief executive and co-founder, said, “We feel that we have now addressed the biggest frustrations we’ve heard and are eager to make more progress on the tremendous opportunity we now have to show more of the right content to the right people.”
With the future of Snapchat in question, the next year will be full of trials for the comparatively young company.
Snapchat & Disney Launch Theme Park Exclusive AR Experiences [Details]
Snapchat has positioned itself on the forefront of AR experiences as far as social media goes. And now, the platform is expanding its imaginative ventures in partnership with some of the biggest companies in the world — Disney, Universal and Warner Bros.
Imagine walking along, opening up your Snapchat app and stumbling upon some Minions. With this exciting new rollout, brand new park-specific, reality-altering lenses are being introduced as Snapchat strives to take over theme parks across the globe.
Snapchatters at Disneyland, Disney World, and other Disney parks can have fun with special Mickey and Minnie filters, exclusively available on the venue grounds. Universal and Six Flags are also are working on specialty filters this summer — and the possibilities really are endless.
Ben Schwerin, Vice President of Partnerships at Snapchat revealed to The Hollywood Reporter: “We love working with our partners Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. to create augmented reality experiences that allow our users to connect with some of their favourite characters in a totally new way. We can’t wait for Snapchatters to have fun with these lenses when they visit the parks this summer.”
Disney is just as stoked: “Our fans are loving the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Snapchat lenses. It’s just one of the many ways we are using the growing popularity of mobile technology to take the guest experience to the next level.”
Expect even more of your favorite characters and stories to come to life soon as this partnership evolves!
Snapchat Is Dead? New Report Says Instagram Stories Have 2x The Users
Instagram Stories are all the rave right now. Apparently the app has gained a significant edge on its main competitor Snapchat, with nearly double the amount of total daily users.
According to a new report CNN, the Facebook-owned platform has peaked at more than 400 million active daily users, a staggering and commanding number up from 250 million just last year. Meanwhile, Snapchat has reached 191 million active users per day.
What’s more — overall, Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users.
When Instagram first launched its Stories feature in 2016, many saw the app as a straight up copy cat of Snapchat. In many ways, that was true, but the app has adapted and grown accordingly with its users in ways Snap hasn’t been able to match.
Big name artists and other public figures have been vocal about their switch. What about you? Do you tend to favor Instagram Stories or Snapchat more?
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REPORT: Here's How Long Social Media Users Spend On Facebook & Instagram
Instagram is one of the most addictive apps and a new study backs it up, at least among Android users.
According to this new research, we’re almost just as obsessed with Insta as we are to the leading social media platform, Facebook — which just so happens to own the photo/video sharing app as well.
Similar Web found that users in the US spent nearly as much time on Instagram’s Android app as they did on Facebook over the month of June 2018. Plus, Instagram’s new long-form video feature could have people spending even more time on the app.
Breaking it down, approximately 53 minutes per day on the Android app, compared to 58 minutes per day on Facebook. That’s up to 2 hours per day on social media already for people who regularly use both platforms, not to mention Snapchat.
Despite ongoing criticism of Snap and reports that millennials are logging off more than ever, people are still using the app close to 49.5 minutes per day.
Overall, all three social media giants — Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat — have seen growth in average engagement over the last year. That means more eyes have been on their advertisements, too.
It should be noted, FB and Insta are both working on ways for users to track their time spent on the apps to help promote healthier living habits and curb extreme social media use. Stay tuned.
Instagram Smashes Massive 1 Billion User Mark
Social media platforms like Facebook may still dominate, but Instagram is claiming hold. According to a TechCrunch report, Instagram now has 1 billion monthly active users. Even better news? Instagram has launched an IGTV app for longer video recording.
Instagram’s IGTV app allows users to record up to hour-long videos. The videos are in vertical format and can be in 4k quality. Users can post their videos directly to their profile as wll. IGTV is an extension of Instagram’s current video and Stories capabilities. Users previously could only post up to 60 second videos on their feed and up to 15 seconds clips on their Stories. But with IGTV, Instagram competes with YouTube and other video platforms.
Instagram’s growth follows Facebook, which currently sits at 2.196 billion monthly users. Instagram also dwarfs Snapchat, which only has 191 million active users. Snapchat’s recent changes have alienated many of its users, and Instagram’s new features clearly appeal to them. Instagram’s growth is even more impressive when considering it grew from 800 million monthly users last September. In less than a year, it gained 200 million more monthly users.
If IGTV proves successful, Instagram can grow even more in the future. Keep your eyes peeled.
Snapchat Teams Up with Major Music Streaming Service On New Feature
Snapchat and Pandora have become the latest partners to make listening and sharing music social media easier than ever before. This comes as Instagram and Spotify have also teamed up to share music through Stories and direct messaging. There’s obviously some competition going on here, but any time music sharing can be streamlined it’s a sure win!
Soon, Pandora will rock the ‘Share on Snapchat’ option. While listening to any given track, users will have the ability to select this and instantly share animated song cards. This sounds like a major boost for music discovery and an awesome way for people to connect over music.
The new feature allows users to share with a friend one-on-one, with an entire group, or upload to their Snap Story. Here’s the best part, though — friends will be able to listen right along by swiping up!
“This will be a powerful and comprehensive social integration with music,” Pandora’s chief product officer Chris Phillips says. “The Snapchat product experience and user base are primed for sharing, and our collaboration will provide a creative and compelling way to discover and enjoy music in a way that’s intuitive to Snapchatters.”
With this new partnership, Pandora’s vast music library will be able to be heard like never before. The new share feature is expected to roll out to social media users in the U.S. “soon.”
Snapchat Introduces New Feature for Deleting Regrettable Messages
We’ve all been there… That moment when you send a private Snapchat message and instantly regret it. Maybe it was an accident, a typo, sent to the wrong person, or maybe you were a little too tipsy to use your best discretion at that particular moment.
Whatever the case, Snap is introducing a ‘Clear Chats’ option so you can make all that regret disappear, if you catch it in time! Taking a move out of Instagram’s playbook, Snapchat introduces the new feature that allows users to unsend messages made in error.
This is different from the ‘Clear Conversation’ option, which only erases messages on your end. The newly introduced ‘Clear Chats’ gives you the power to take back any conversation’s text messages, stickers, audio, or photos and videos sent from your Memories section. This feature works in both one-on-one convos and group chats with multiple users.
But, there’s a catch. According to Business Insider:
“If you swiped up and sent an archived post, it’s deletable. But if you opened your camera and took a picture or video — or if you just took a screenshot of someone else’s picture or video — once it’s sent, it’s sent. No deleting.”
If you’re able to catch applicable messages and media before the recipient sees it, and clear it, there will be no way for the person to look up — or worse, screenshot — whatever it is you sent. In fact, those Snaps will be removed from the social media’s servers altogether.
However, these deletions won’t go totally unnoticed. Snapchat says it will alert all parties involved when a message has been deleted.
This new Snapchat option just might save our social lives at one point or another! Whew.
Source: Business Insider
REPORT: Instagram Set To Launch New YouTube-Like Video Hub
Word has gotten out about Instagram’s plans to introduce longer-form video — and that could soon change the way we digest content on the popular social media app.
Multiple sources are now reporting that Instagram will offer a dedicated space for a range of long-form video selections. Much like how you surf through content on YouTube or Snapchat’s Discover tab, Instagram would do the same under this new concept.
Insta’s long-form video content is likely to include scripted shows, tutorials, music videos and more — really, the possibilities are endless. Anything you might be able to find on YouTube, you could also find on Instagram. At least, that’s the goal.
The social media app is determined to set itself apart by pushing full-screen, vertically oriented, high-definition 4K resolution videos. It will be interesting to see long-form videos come to life outside of the typical horizontal perspective we’ve become accustomed to.
According to TechCrunch, an official announcement could come as soon as June 20th.
This is about to get interesting…
Unskippable Ads Have Come To Snapchat
You’re on Instagram, scrolling through your friends’ stories, and you reach an ad… you tap on the right and move on, that’s it. Now consider the same situation situation on Snapchat: you’re scrolling through your friends’ stories, and you reach an ad… boom, six seconds, and you can’t skip it. What are you more likely to do? Keep watching stories, or exit out of the app?
In an attempt to generate more revenue after seeing its stock price drop by more than 50 percent in a little more than a year, while taking a $40 million loss on unsold Spectacles, Snapchat has introduced the new ads to its service.
The good news is that if you just use Snapchat for chatting (but let’s be real, who does this when options like Kik and WhatsApp are available), you won’t ever see these ads. In fact, for now, you won’t see them scrolling through your friends’ feeds, either. The ads will be placed in between videos in the “Shows” section, which features longer-form videos produced by ESPN, NBC, Viacom, and others.
Gizmodo speculates that unskippable ads could pave the way toward a premium subscription for Snapchat users. However, the possibility remains that Snapchat could drive away more users than the revenue it generates with the new ads.
Worst of all, the ads don’t contain any hyperlinks or relevant information within the app. “So in the event that you actually see an ad for something you want,” writes Gizmodo, “you’ll still need to leave the app and resort to a Google search to learn more.”
Seems like one step forward, and two steps back.