Pennsylvania – There are new self-esteem concerns over a hugely popular photo retouching app that your kids, or you yourself, might be using.
Facetune and Facetune 2, which can instantly zap away perceived imperfections on any photo, have together been downloaded a whopping 50 million times.
19-year-old Sophia Onoff says she uses the app to fix small things.
But what is it doing to people’s self-esteem to constantly try to fix how they look? 20-year-old Sophia Tornabene says she tries to be conscious about how she uses the app.
A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders says that 91 percent of teens who use social media post photos of themselves. The study also showed that the more the subjects manipulated their photos, the more their results were associated with high scores for body-related and eating concerns.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula says “the more people look at doctored images, the more likely they are to actually start … seeking out cosmetic procedures” at younger ages.
Lightricks, the company that makes the app, says that they “don’t market to teens” and that most users are 25 to 34.
The original Facetune cost $3.99 and was the most popular paid app of 2017.
The latest version, called Facetune 2, is currently free to download. Users can also pay a monthly fee to $5.99 to unlock additional features. The new version of the app currently has half a million subscribers, and Lightricks says approximately 70 percent of them are women.
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