One woman is slamming Samsung because she says the company’s phones have a default setting that automatically airbrushes selfies.
Author and blogger Mel Wells shared two selfies on Instagram: one of her airbrushed face after a Samsung phone automatically applied the “beauty level 8” filter, and one of her normal face, freckles and all.
“Wow Samsung. This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told ‘Hi, we’re Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!’ ” Wells captioned the photo. this is Samsung’s DEFAULT FRONT CAMERA SETTING.”
“Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I’ll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life.”
Most of Wells’ followers agreed, saying that she looks better without the filter and gave the photo over 1,300 likes. But others tried to argue that she could just turn off the automatic airbrush setting.
“For those people saying ‘What’s the problem, just turn it off,’ that wasn’t the point I was making. Of course you can turn the setting off/on as you please,” Wells says in another post. “I wanted to raise this point as I think it’s one thing for us the consumer to decide to edit our photo after it’s been taken, but it’s another thing for the manufacturer to do it for us before we’ve even taken the shot.”
Wells says it brings up a bigger point about how people – especially women – are told by society to look a certain way.
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“The more we are told that we are supposed to look flawless, the more unhappy we will feel in our own skin – because none of us are flawless! On the contrary – it is our imperfections that make us most beautiful. Social media comparison has a massive impact on anxiety levels in young people and half the problem is we are being presented with flawless airbrushed photos constantly.”
“We all use filters and want to look our best, and this is not a rant about never editing photos because we’ve all done it – just remember when you’re scrolling that usually what you’re seeing is just an orchestrated and edited snapshot into someone’s Instalife.”