hands free selfieAccording to a recent study, the average woman spends approximately 753 hours of her life taking photos of herself. With dozens of social media sites now available online, and cameras on most cell phones, it’s easier than ever before to join in the latest selfie craze in seconds – just snap a shot and post it! Although it can be fun to receive praise and share your personal photos with other people, it can also be deceiving due to over-editing that can happen sometimes.

When deciding if you should edit your selfie, many people are opposed to altering your image and changing how you appear. Others argue that certain cameras on smartphones already alter the image and can distort how you really look. Although it may be one of the hotly debated topics discussed on viral sites these days, there are a few things to consider when determining if you should edit a selfie.

Many factors often determine the outcome of a photo. Everything from the lighting to the quality of the camera on the phone can cause someone to look different than how they really appear in person without the help of editing tools or software. This is reason enough to edit your selfie and make minor changes to help you stay true to your in-person image.

The moral line is usually pushed when people edit their selfies simply to slim their facial features, enhance their tan, or remove blemishes and wrinkles that may be visible. Any editing that changes main physical features or characteristics of someone can falsify the validity of the photo and deceive those who look at it. But many people are doing it!

Kim Kardashian is one of the most popular celebrities who is known for editing the selfies that she posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She’s been known to photoshop pictures of her figure to make herself look slimmer. She also has appeared tanner in photos posted online than she has when appearing on her reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Beyonce is just as guilty of the act and has made undeniable editing mistakes that have caught her red-handed with deceiving the public. According to the Daily Mail, she’s known for editing her thigh gap and the size of her waistline multiple times to appear thinner. In all fairness, the camera is known to add 10 pounds, but should this justify reducing the waist or thighs by several inches?

This newfound obsession with personal image takes the desire to share selfies with friends and acquaintances to a new level. It may be easy to get away with editing selfies, but the time and effort involved could reduce the appreciation and confidence that you have for yourself over time. If you’re just doing it for fun, though, it’s not an issue. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you would like to edit your selfies or not – we don’t mind either way!

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