When filters first appeared on the scene, they existed as a way to alter your image with fun, crazy or wild designs. They served as creative expression or something to play with, more than a physical feature enhancer. But now filters have taken over all of social media. People are opting more in more into filtered representations of themselves, and authentic photos are becoming more and more rare.
This can pose a particular problem on dating apps if your potential boo’s face is so altered that you can’t really tell what they look like. Dating app “Plenty Of Fish” is taking a stand against filter-fishing by banning them from the app. It’s a bold move, and it will require the company to audit over 70 million images on the platform. The company decided to make the change after they took a survey of 2000 US singles and 84% said they want more authenticity in dating–starting with how folks look.
“One of the most important findings in the study is that singles are not interested in seeing an idealised depiction of potential partners through edited photos and unrealistic positive self-descriptors,” Dr Cortney Warren, a certified clinical psychologist and author told Mirror.
Continuing, “The truth is, singles want more honest, authentic depictions of others and themselves on dating apps.”
The platform hopes that by making sure images are as true to life as possible, that daters who use the app will find more meaningful bonds.
“A more realistic portrayal of each individual will not only be refreshing, but also lead to more meaningful connections,” Warren explained.
The study also revealed that 60% of millennial women feel the pressure to look perfect–no surprise there. Maybe this one small move to ban filters on dating apps will help folks be more open to being more real in general.