It's official: selfies can make your nose look up to 30% bigger

Researchers at Rutgers and Stanford universities in the United States completed an experiment that showed how the distance you keep from your smartphone camera affects the proportions of your face when taking a selfie. For the photography class this is nothing new, but it may interest the lay public to know that selfies, as they are often made, with the camera very close to the face, make the nose look up to 30% bigger.

Of course there is a technical explanation for this distortion, but what draws attention in the experiment is less the selfies themselves (or the technical issues of cameras and their lenses) and more the behavior that motivated universities to fund research: the significant increase in demand for nose surgery in the United States.

According to a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, an organization made up of plastic surgery specialists, 55% of American surgeons dedicated to this specialty have heard from their patients that "looking more attractive in selfies" was a deciding factor. to undergo a surgical intervention.

Selfie nose

Distance between camera and model influences face proportions in the photograph. Photo: Reproduction / JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Between 2016 and 2017, the number of experts who heard this type of argument in the United States increased by 13%, which may reveal something about the impact of technology on how we look and how it affects our self-esteem. .

Less distorted noses

While we don't have a healthier relationship with the smartphone and what it shows us through selfies, the way is to take photos from a greater distance or, if you prefer, try a distortion correction tool like this developed by researchers. from Princeton University, which promises to undo the interference of the selfie effect.

The findings of the study by Rutgers and Stanford researchers can be read in English in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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