Yes, selfies do make your nose look bigger

CNET | 3/1/2018 | Leslie Katz
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Does this selfie make my nose look big? Why, yes it does, according to a new study. A full 30 percent bigger than it would look if you didn't have a phone up in your mug.

No, that's not his real nose. It's his selfie nose.

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Despite how easy it is to snap those all-pervasive self portraits, the short distance from the camera combines with the wide-angle lens to puff the proboscis, explains the research, published Thursday in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Fortunately, the study, titled "Nasal Distortion in Short-Distance Photographs: The Selfie Effect," inspires more culturally pertinent insights than "your schnoz looks giant on Instagram." The bigger takeaway? Such skewed self-portraits are leading more people to request nose jobs for better selfies, plastic surgeons report.

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"Young adults are constantly taking selfies to post to social media and think those images are representative of how they really look, which can have an impact on their emotional state," Boris Paskhover, a head and neck surgeon and Rutgers professor and one of the study's co-authors, said in a statement. "I want them to realize that when they take a selfie they are in essence looking into a portable funhouse mirror."

In 2017, 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who want to look better in selfies, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. That marked an increase of 13 percent from the prior year.

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The nose knows. Or does it? A portrait at 12 inches (left) and at 5 feet.

The JAMA study breaks down selfie face with help from Stanford University's Department of Computer Science. To quantify just how much selfies increase nose size, research fellow Ohad Fried came up with a mathematical model based on the average head and facial feature measurements obtained from a group...
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