MIAMI (CBS4) – In the age of social media we live in, people not only get to know you through your words, but also through your looks.
That’s led many women to go to extremes, including cosmetic surgery and other procedures, to get the perfect Facebook look.
“It’s nice when you look good and when somebody tells you look good,” Marija Vrbanic said of the need to get the perfect social media look.
Nicole Rodrigues summed it up this way, “It’s kind of this obsession about wanting to get liked on a picture.”
Sonia Bambdas is a Facebook user with a lot of friends from abroad and in different cities so they follow her life, keep in touch and that’s how they communicate.
“So it’s natural to want to look good,” said Bambdas.
Bamdas works from home and makes her own hours, so she’s able to fit in extra time on Facebook to look good and feel good about herself.
“It’s also nice to get feedback from other people who you look good,” Bamdas said. “It adds to the incentive I would say.”
To help keep her on-line profile picture perfect, Bamdas visits Dr. Joseph Eviatar for cosmetic procedures.
“You know people date; they look people up; it’s like they look up their Facebook profile,” said Dr. Eviatar. “Most people will now look at Facebook and look at social media and Google people and see what’s out there on them.”
Dr. Eviatar said that how men and women see themselves, and would like others to see them on social media, has become a factor in their decision to have procedures done.
“I find that people are afraid of what’s gonna be posted, ” said psychologist Dr. Jane Greer.
Dr. Greer agreed that now more than ever, people want to control and feel confident in how they appear in pictures on-line.
“The way that social media has now taken hold in our culture; everybody is much more exposed, on display,” said Dr. Greer. “Everybody’s posing for pictures whether it’s intentional or not.”
“I go to events, get photographed, some other people can put me on Facebook and social media even if I don’t want to,” said Bambdas.
“It ‘s finding that middle ground and the balance between what you will do to look to feel your best and how will it enhance your self-esteem and your confidence,” said Dr. Greer.
Another alternative some people are using, is to scour social media sites for unflattering photos and take them down.