Noise-Canceling Technologies for Smartphone Cameras: Self-Image in the Age of Anxiety

Carloalberto Treccani*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Noise-canceling technologies for smartphone cameras allow individuals to control and customize their self-images. These technologies that are used to automatically eliminate unwanted visual noise, such as excessive grain or lighting issues, skin imperfections, and teeth stains, are now widely used on smartphones to transform a noisy photograph into a “clean” and “ideal” image. In this paper, the author conducts a critical analysis of (1) the increasing popularity of these technologies through their application in smartphone cameras; (2) their active involvement in the construction of users’ ideal self-images; and (3) their contribution to increased instances of visual phobias, obsessions, anxieties, and irritation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-387
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Technology
  • societal impacts of technology use


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