Google has always been a frontrunner when it comes to adopting practices that are better suited for the current world. Keeping up the theme, Google has announced fresh changes to the way it deals with image editing and filters on its Pixel Smartphones.
This step comes as a way to deal with the comparison and filter fatigue in today’s world, where people put themselves against the ‘beauty standards’ set by images using high levels of filters and editing. These comparisons with images, that do not represent the reality, leads to an unhealthy, even toxic effect on the mental health of the masses. Many social platforms are searching for ways to combat the issue, as Google took the major step by removing default selfie filters on Pixel devices.
Why Google removed default selfie filters on Pixel?
The Pixel 4a, upcoming Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be the first devices to exhibit this switch. While the tools for retouching photos will still be available, they will be turned off by default. Further, Google will replace all references to ‘beauty’ in its filters and editing tools as part of the initiative.
“We conducted multiple studies and spoke with child and mental health experts from around the world, and found that when people are not aware that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, the photos can negatively impact mental wellbeing. These default filters can quietly set a beauty standard that some people compare themselves against.” Explained Google through its official blog.
Social media serves as a place where millions share their best moments. But the average user fails to remember this, comparing their normal to people’s highs. The step might not be a major move, but it is a start towards the goal of weeding out the unrealistic comparisons which are especially prominent among younger users.