Zoom Dysmorphia - Part 2
In a study by researchers at Harvard University, they found that insecurities from ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’ are long lasting. Increased time spent video conferencing, using social media and using filters on these platforms have caused an alarming increase in Body Dysmorphia disorder among younger aged females. While we’ve seen that extended use of social media can cause physical and mental fatigue, a study by the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, focuses on mental health, self - perception and body image, which are often suffered quietly.
What can we do to help our children? The most effective way to help our children is be present for them. Sounds simple enough, right? Real life is not lived in front of the mirror, filtered and altered. Supporting and empowering our kids to focus on the important - inner strength and beauty and not the ‘urgent,’ superficial beauty. Look, neither technology nor social media are going anywhere, nor should they. We need to be voice of support, reason and calm for our kids and we will all navigate the good, the bad and the ‘ugly’ together.