In the modern world, the gap between the digital and the real self is becoming more and more noticeable, and Instagram filters and applications like Facetune only increase it. How can you resist when there are so many tools to polish your appearance to perfection? Vox journalist Rebecca Jennings wrote a great article about this. We publish an adapted translation of her material.
There is no limit to perfection. Unfortunately
Popular selfie editing app Facetune has a tool that student Zoe Shuver uses to add sparkle to her earrings. It also allows you to correct skin imperfections and add volume to your lips.
According to Zoe, she and her friends don’t use Facetune very often. But they often see edited photos on Instagram accounts of influencers and celebrities. If someone from her environment was constantly retouching the photo in Facetune, it would seem strange to the girl. “It’s okay to edit minor flaws, but you shouldn’t get carried away with such things,” she said.
For most of their lives, Zoe’s generation had access to modern technology and social networks, and therefore the ability to independently edit photographs. Facetune is a cheap and easy-to-use alternative to Photoshop in your pocket. The application allows you to instantly smoothen the skin, “lose weight” and change any part of the face or body.
With Facetune, anyone can retouch their photo beyond recognition. This is how a digital personality appears, which has almost nothing to do with the real one. New cool filters make us look like experimental cyborgs rather than cute.
Facetune was launched in 2013 by five friends from Israel. In two years, their company Lightricks generated about $ 18 million in revenue from 4.5 million app downloads, each of which cost between $ 3 and $ 4 in 2015. Since its inception, Lightricks has raised at least $ 70 million: $ 10 million in 2015 and $ 60 million in November 2018. At the end of 2016, Lightricks released Facetune 2: the app is free to download, but you have to pay $ 5.99 every month to unlock all features.
By the spring of 2018, Facetune 2 had been downloaded over 20 million times. At the same time, almost 500,000 subscribers paid an average of $ 40 per year. In 2017, Facetune became the most popular paid app in the AppStore.
And science fiction writers warned
Writer David Foster Wallace practically predicted Facetune in his 1996 novel Endless Joke. Events unfold in dystopian North America. Much of the book looks surreal, but some of what the author describes is already happening.
Technology exacerbates human vanity. Is always. In the past, present, and even in fictional universes.
In Wallace’s world, the creation of the videophone caused people to become so self-conscious about their appearance that they began using equipment to adjust the image during calls. These digital masks removed bags under the eyes, smoothed out wrinkles and turned people into perfect versions of themselves. The difference between their real appearance and the virtual picture made them feel bad. Naturally, corporations made money on this.
Facetune and other similar apps follow the same principle. Inspired by digital filters, people go for dermatological treatments or even surgeries to reshape their faces. As in “Endless Joke”, this phenomenon has a name – “video-physiognomic dysphoria.”
Something similar happened when I tried Facetune myself. I downloaded the $ 3.99 version and immediately felt terrible. After smoothing, my skin looked waxy and washed out, and the enlargement of the eyes and lips didn’t make me look like the sexy Instagram girls. My photo looked more like a Bratz doll after an accident.
When I tried to make myself slimmer, it got worse. I became like Forky, a toy that was made out of handy tools in Toy Story 4. Completing the picture was a distorted fence behind me. He betrayed my attempts to “lose weight” with the help of the program. The idea of publishing this photo was unthinkable – like Zoe, I was too worried about what friends who know me in real life would say.
To avoid being caught using Facetune, you need to train constantly. Even celebrities, whose subscribers notice the slightest flaws, still do not edit perfectly. Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Victoria’s Secret models and other celebrities have already been caught changing their Instagram photos. You can also remember Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, who adore Facetune.
Find someone who loves you as much as Donald Trump Jr. and his Fox News girlfriend love FaceTune pic.twitter.com/WuRpe3AEPD
— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) June 25, 2018
But the most prominent examples are TV show stars. Their fakaps are broadcast on national television – many were filmed naked, drunk, or at the time of their arrest.
Unlike influencers, who attract fans with carefully selected photographs, TV stars have no control over how they look on screen. They just sign documents and do not know what they will get in the end. However, their Instagram accounts have a lot of edited photos.
Last summer, podcaster Tracy Clayton asked Twitter followers to share pictures of them looking happy but actually going through tough times. Among the 700 respondents was a woman who suffered from nausea and vomiting all day on her wedding day.
im curious. if youre comfortable doing so, post a picture of you that you shared on social media where you were actually having a really tough time in life even tho you look perfectly fine in the picture.
— tracy the business goose (@brokeymcpoverty) July 11, 2018
Clayton tweeted about it to help her feel less lonely. Influencers experience similar feelings when they write that their life is not as ideal as it seems on social networks.
Digital alter ego
The perfect digital look is called Instagram Face: big eyes, plump lips, radiant skin, narrow waist. To achieve this result, you have to go under the surgeon’s knife. Or download yourself Facetune. These enhancements (digital or surgical) must be sophisticated enough to be perceived as natural.
“Nobody wants to be called a fake. Influencers feel they need to look authentic while getting as beautiful a picture as possible, ”says Brooke Erin Duffy, Associate Professor at Cornell University.
This is the paradox: we want celebrities (and ourselves) to look flawless, but at the same time remain natural. This has led to the emergence of accounts that “follow” the authenticity of celebrities.
For example, profile celebface with 1.1 million subscribers. They publish photos of celebrities in the “before / after” format – the results of retouching or surgical interventions, as well as close-up shots from the red carpet, where the pores and wrinkles of the stars are clearly visible.
Another example is subreddit r / Instagramreality. Since its launch a year and a half ago, it has amassed nearly 500,000 members. “In my opinion [Facetune] has done more harm than good and its popularity is scary, ”says Instagramreality creator Zaza9000.
She launched the subreddit after studying Photoshop in her graphic design class in high school. This knowledge made her ashamed of her own photographs. The girl wanted to talk about it with people who are experiencing the same. Zaza9000 says she no longer edits her photos in Photoshop and feels much better.
The distinction between real and digital appearance is often the subject of ridicule. For example, famous YouTube blogger Ethan Klein shot a video comparing influencers on Instagram and in real life.
People like Klein can object, they say, they are just trying to attract subscribers. But there’s another option: Instagram’s aesthetics are just going out of style. Influencers like Emma Chamberlain and Joanne Seddia have already abandoned Facetune in favor of realistic photos. Being beautiful is no longer so interesting, because it is available to everyone.
Oddly enough, even my poorly edited photos seemed to me better than the original. I wanted to touch up imperfect skin, and make my eyes a little larger, even if it made me look like a porcelain doll.
A similar feeling was experienced by the heroes of “Endless Joke”. In the book, users of videophone masks became so emotionally attached to their appearance during a conversation that they were afraid to communicate with people in real life. Technology has solved this problem by almost completely eliminating the human face from the conversation – almost like in a regular phone. What an irony.
The author of the dystopia offered an almost joyful ending to the novel: “The subscribers found that they were again without makeup and with bags under their eyes. And free again. “
iPhone 13 Pro: Force restart if device does not respond
The new iPhone 13 models are here and with them some users get their first iPhone without a home button in their hands. This also changes various gestures and functions. An example of this is forcing a restart, which is performed differently than it was just a few years ago.
If you switch from an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation) to a current iPhone model, you will quickly notice a lot of changes. In addition to the new gestures for returning to the home screen or opening the control center, the missing home button should be particularly noticeable. In the past, this controlled various functions such as Siri, the one-handed mode or the forced restart. The latter works completely differently with the new models and has a small side effect along the way. But one after another.
iPhone 13 (all models): How to force restart
Without a home button, Apple had to come up with a new alternative to force the devices to restart. The way is much more complex than before. While on the older models you only had to hold down the home button together with the power button, it now requires a small key combination. To restart an iPhone 13, briefly press the volume up button and release it again. Then press the volume down button in the same way. Finally, hold down the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears on the display. You should not pay attention to any displays or changes on the screen during the processor.
Short version: Force restart the iPhone 13
- Briefly press the volume up button
- Briefly press the volume down button
- Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Quickly deactivate Face ID on the iPhone 13
Apple has integrated a function in iOS to quickly turn off Face ID. This means that it is not possible for other people (police, etc.) to unlock your iPhone by holding it in your face. To do this, simply press and hold a volume button together with the side button until your iPhone vibrates briefly but quickly. Then press either “Cancel” or the Page button again. Thanks to the vibration, you can also deactivate it in your pocket and know that it worked.
macOS Big Sur: Disable search suggestions in Safari – here’s how
Web browsers these days have a lot of cool features and capabilities that should make our life easier. Apple Safari is certainly no exception.
A lot is offered with many nice gimmicks such as the reading list or the reader display. Searching the net is also simple and can be started directly in the address bar. However, not every user wants the search suggestions equally, so we’ll show you how to disable the search suggestions in Safari.
Search engine suggestions can be scary at times. Thanks to the strong network, you now know exactly what we want to look for and then have the right answer ready before we could actually put the question to the end. This of course also has the advantage that we can get to our goal very quickly with these complex search algorithms and thus save a lot of time. But if you are one of those people who forego this convenience and want to increase data protection, we would be happy to explain how you can deactivate the search suggestions in Safari.
macOS Monterey: How to turn off search suggestions in Safari
Step 1: First open the Safari browser on the Mac, if you have not already done so. This is either located directly in the dock or can also be reached there via the “Programs” folder.
step 2: Now click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings”.
step 3: Then select the “Search” tab.
Step 4: You will then see a drop-down menu with the search engine – this is Google by default – and under it it says: “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck this entry.
Step 5: Below that you can remove the check mark in front of “Include Safari suggestions”.
Step 6: Now close the Safari settings menu and surf the web as usual with Safari.
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Apple ID: iOS 15 allows resetting with friends and family
If you lose access to your Apple ID, it’s a very messy business. It literally holds the Apple universe together. You can use it to make purchases from Apple, the App Store or the iTunes Store, manage your app subscriptions, access your iCloud data and much more. Fortunately, since iOS 15 you don’t need a second device of your own to reset your Apple ID and set a new password. The new operating system allows you to define a contact who, if necessary, can confirm your identity and thus give you access to your data again. Of course, you should think carefully about who is eligible for this position. This can be your best friend or family member. These should also have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 and be older than 13 years.
How to set a reset contact for your Apple ID
Your Apple ID is not lost right away because you forgot your password. Establish a special “emergency contact” beforehand that will give you access to your Apple account again. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your profile at the top before you select “Password & Security”. Then tap on “Account recovery”. Now select the option “Add contact”. Read the information about the function carefully. In the next step, you may be asked to update your devices. You can then specify a contact from your family group or from your contact list. You will only see qualified contacts. After your selection, a message will be sent to the selected person informing them of their new position.
How to remove a reset contact from your Apple ID
If you no longer want a certain person to allow you to reset your Apple ID, you can revoke this at any time. To do this, open the settings and tap on your Apple account at the top. Then select “Password & Security> Account Recovery”. Now tap on the person’s name and select “Remove contact”. The removed contact will be automatically notified of the change.
notice: The function is only available if all of your devices are running at least iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8. Make sure of this beforehand or remove the devices from your Apple ID if an update is not possible.
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