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Self-image in the Age of Anxiety: A Study of Noise-Cancelling Technologies and Self-Desirability
Noise-cancelling technologies are today largely available in smartphone photo cameras to automatically eliminate unwanted visual noise, e.g., skin stains, wrinkles and acne. By 'intelligently' reconstructing parts of an image, these technologies offer users a noise-free version of themself. However, although they provide individuals with solutions by freeing them from unwanted disturbances, they also affect their perception of the self by determining sociocultural models of beauty and body-related anxieties. A case in point is the increasing number of Snapchat dysmorphic cases in Hong Kong—and more recently, that of Zoom dysmorphia—characterised by prolonged staring and rumination upon users' self-image. This presentation aims to investigate noise-cancelling technologies in relation to youth self-desirability and body-related anxieties.