TikTok’s ‘Inverted’ Filter Is Turning People’s Self Esteem Upside Down

Filters are fun and TikTok is trendy. But when the two are combined, it might not yield the best results. There are some TikTok trends that are completely meaningless or confusing. But the recent ‘Inverted’ filter has taken everything to a new, well, in this case, low! Here’s the reason why.

The Filter

The Inverted filter of TikTok just flips your body and face to the opposite of your mirrored reflection. The trend is, you first look at yourself regularly, just as you see yourself normally in the mirror or in a selfie. Then look at yourself ‘inverted’. Now the filter will highlight how symmetrical or asymmetrical your face or body is. If the result is asymmetrical, then you may not like what you see in the video. It will leave you feeling that you do not have many flattering features (read ugly). Like most other social media things, it has little value. It can just make you feel weird, or in this case, worse!

The Problem

There are several apps with ‘fake beauty’ filters, which show the fake ‘prettier’ versions of ourselves. But this ‘Inverted’ filter situation is pretty messed up, because of the way people have been using it. On the filter’s page, there are two distinct groups of people – those who are supposedly ‘hot’ and those who are not. It’s our common biological belief that a symmetrical face equates to perfect beauty. Though we are evolved enough to disregard such beauty clichés, this filter is provoking the same, separating the users on the basis of so-called ‘beauty.’ As a result, the filter is capable of making people experience Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). This disorder shatters the person’s self-esteem completely! If you do not believe us, here is a true story. A 19-year-old girl (@rosegoldzebra), used this filter and post that declared that she needed an immediate nose job. Let’s give this filter a pass, we say.