Dealing with teenage disaffection used to be fairly simple. Get drunk, and/or channel Philip Larkin (preferably out loud). If you paid careful attention to the poet’s last verse, everything could even be alright in the end, and nothing would ever be your fault.
How things have changed.
In case you missed it, children are apparently now getting plastic surgery to resemble their filtered selves on Snapchat. And it has a name.
There are so many levels here which I can’t even:
- Snapchat is not meant to last – messages/stories “self-destruct” after 10 secs-24 hrs. Also, no-one actually knows how to do it.
- Children should not have enough money to book themselves in for plastic surgery;
- Plastic surgeons wear Snapchat goggles while performing surgery;
- Because of all this, real scientists now have to grapple with the question of whether Snapchat Dysmorphia is a “Real Issue”;
- Snapchat apparently isn’t even as good as Instagram when it comes to various metrics (like earning money for its overlords – Hi Mark!), but it does have superior face filter features:
Good Lord. Things are not good. And we can’t even blame our parents anymore.