Think we're in the middle of a Photoshopping epidemic? You don't even know how bad it is (well, now you do). According to a recent survey, 68 percent of adults take to some kind of photo editing before they share any photo with another person or online. As desktop and mobile editing tools become easier to use — with some even serving the specific purpose of being easy to use for the less technically inclined — Photoshopping images is the latest trend... and it's still growing.
In the selfie-crazed madness we live in, it was only a matter of time before people began using tools to remove blemishes on their own, without the aid of a professional retoucher. And of course, natural photos just won't do anymore. Not when you're the only one in the world who suffers from what is now the rarest disease on the planet: uneven skin.
While this report is so far unnamed (it's indirectly referred to in an article on EPhotoZine), the numbers aren't impossible, as the number of adults who edited their photos before publishing them was already at 48 percent in 2014.
With so many people editing their images on such a mass scale (by some numbers, over a million selfies are taken every day), how can we be "real" anymore?
An interesting point to consider is something that was brought up in a recent article about Kate Winslet's anti-Photoshopping clause, who quoted some food for thought by Peter House:
Real life is fluid. When you and I interact, my brain is not micro-focusing on all the zits, lines, scars, hairs, etc. that might make a moment 'imperfect.' I am fluidly moving through the motions and focusing on the bigger picture.
However, when an image is taken, it freezes a moment in time and gives me the chance to analyze the entire scene down to the most minuscule detail. In that freeze frame, I might start noticing things about you that otherwise I may not have perceived. Maybe I'll catch that small birthmark. Maybe I'll notice the slight unibrow. Maybe I will catch a glimpse of thinning hair.
Retouching simply helps to remove all those distractions and brings the focus back on the beauty of the individual.
Are we just keeping our friends from staring at our faces long enough to notice our blemishes? Or are we doing more by making ourselves thinner (at least six percent of us are), among making other more drastic edits? And don't make the mistake of thinking "blemishes" are a "girl" problem. While 52 percent of women take selfies, an almost equivalent ratio of men do the same (50 percent). And — ready for this one? — 13 percent of women say they retouch every selfie. How many men say the same? Thirty-four percent! So much for the ladies being the vain ones.