Okay, I’ll ‘fess up. My Facebook profile picture is about 5 years old and was taken by a professional photographer (who, to be fair, was taking my picture for an entirely different reason).
I can’t stand having my picture taken and it’s one of the best photos ever taken of me. Some kind friends have told me that I haven’t changed at all, but I know that I have several more wrinkles and have gained about 10 pounds since that picture was taken.
Apparently, I’m not alone in wanting to look good in my profile picture. But some women are spending big bucks in order to alter their appearance for Facebook.
According to the local CBS station in Miami, women are “going to extremes” and even getting plastic surgery in order to look good in the Facebook profile. Sonia Bambdas said that she visited a plastic surgeon so that she would look good online. “It’s natural to want to look good,” Bambdas told CBS Miami. “It’s also nice to get feedback from other people.”
Bamdas’ plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Eviata said that social media is prompting some patients to get cosmetic surgery done. “You know people date; they look people up; it’s like they look up their Facebook profile,” said Dr. Eviatar. “Most people will now look at Facebook and look at social media and Google people and see what’s out there on them.”
It’s unclear whether this is actually a trend. Obviously, people want to present their best face to the world– including Facebook, but that doesn’t have to involve plastic surgery.
What do you think?
Photo: Shutterstock/Woman in Curlers Applying Makeup