Google creates guidelines for selfie filters. Recommended to be off by default

 Google creates guidelines for selfie filters. Recommended to be off by default

A filter function for self-portraits such as beautiful face and beautiful skin, which seems to be commonplace on smartphones. Google thinks that although you can understand the desire to leave photos as beautiful as possible, it is not very good for Digital Wellbeing .

Google conducted multiple surveys in four countries and discussed with children and mental health professionals around the world, and found that the filter function could adversely affect mental health. Especially when the filter is ON by default, it seems to have a big effect. If the processed state is beautiful, you will think that you are inferior.

For this reason, Google has created guidelines for filtering. First, we recommend turning off the filter feature itself by default. The camera of the Pixel terminal also has a filter function, but based on this idea, it is turned off by default.

Also, regarding the wording of the filter, I try to use neutral words such as “natural” and “smooth” instead of words that remind me of beautification such as “beautification” and “correction”. This is not to suggest that the original is inferior and should be modified (beautified), and that the processed image is not unnecessarily valued.

These guidelines first apply to the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 camera apps. Filters are still available but are off by default. You will also see a detailed description of what changes the filter will make.

It doesn’t make sense for Google alone to follow the guidelines, but Google points out that Snapchat is a belief-sharing app. Snapchat’s Kens Studio tools use neutral language for facial processing and promise to continue improving in this area.

It seems arguable in the future whether it really needs to be that much, but it may be meaningful in terms of not degrading oneself (increasing self-affirmation).

Trelawney Ross