WASHINGTON — Many smartphones have amazing cameras, but research shows that “selfies” can alter how people look, and there’s concern that that could be impacting an entire generation’s self-image.
“If you see yourself in a selfie — it’s distorted,” said Rutgers University facial plastics and reconstructive surgeon Boris Paskhover.
Researchers at Rutgers and Stanford developed a mathematical formula that shows a selfie taken about 12 inches from your face makes the tip of your nose appear an average of 7 percent wider, and the nasal base 30 percent wider, than a photo taken from 5 feet away.
“It’s distorted; don’t judge yourself based on a selfie,” Paskhover said. He’s concerned selfies might be skewing people’s self-image.