The increased use of Zoom and other video conferencing software has led to Britons feeling more self-conscious about how they look and significantly decreased their self-esteem as a result, according to a new report by the team here at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors.
The nationwide survey, which had 1,149 responses, asked the UK population a series of questions about their use of video software throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
The study found that 69% of respondents have generally felt either quite aware or extremely aware of their own appearance as a result of an increased use of video technology.
When asked how happy they generally felt about their appearance since the start of the pandemic, 46.6% reported feeling unhappy with their appearance, compared to only 21% who have felt happy with how they look.
In addition, while the majority of respondents (54.6%) reported no change in their self-esteem since the pandemic began, 31.9% stated that their self esteem had decreased, with 9.8% reporting a ‘significant’ decrease. Only 13.6% noted an increase in their self esteem since the start of lockdown.
What’s more, 16.7% of respondents said that their desire for cosmetic surgery had also increased since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, with dental work (43.2%), botox or filler procedures (36.1%), and breast surgery (22.8%) being the most in-demand procedures.
The survey also highlighted how the pandemic and video technology has impacted age groups in different ways.
The 21-25 age group were found to be most conscious of their own appearance on video technology, with 80.9% stating they felt either quite aware or extremely aware of their appearance.
Similarly, this age group was most likely (21.3%) to feel ‘very unhappy’ with the way they look.
Furthermore, the 21-25 age group reported the biggest decrease in satisfaction with regards to how their body looks since the start of the pandemic. Before the pandemic, 48.4% stated they were either unhappy, very unhappy or extremely unhappy with their body, which had risen to 72% today.
However, the impact of the pandemic and video technology was more likely to have a stronger impact on self esteem levels of the 18-20 to age group. 62% of this age group stated their self esteem had dropped either slightly or significantly, compared to 46.2% of 21-25-year-olds.
In addition, 31% of 18-20-year-olds reported a slightly or significantly increased desire for cosmetic surgery, compared to 23.7% of 21-25-year-olds.
The full results can be found below:
|How old are you?|
|What is your gender?|
|Prefer not to say||0.71%||8|
|Which of the following best describes your employment status?|
|Employed, working 40 or more hours per week||23.86%||268|
|Employed, working 1-39 hours per week||35.98%||404|
|What is your marital status?|
|On average, how often have you worked at home since March 2020?|
|5 days a week||33.74%||358|
|2-3 days a week||14.42%||153|
|1 day a week||4.71%||50|
|0 days a week||47.13%||500|
|On average, how often have you used video calling software since March 2020?|
|Not very frequently||28.28%||300|
|To what extent have you felt aware of your own appearance while using video calling software?|
|I have felt extremely aware of my own appearance||32.99%||350|
|I have felt quite aware of my own appearance||36.48%||387|
|I haven't thought about it||30.54%||324|
|How would you best describe how you've felt about your own appearance while using video calling software?|
|I have generally felt very unhappy about my appearance||16.02%||170|
|I have generally felt quite unhappy about my appearance||30.54%||324|
|I haven't thought about it||32.52%||345|
|I have generally felt quite happy about my appearance||15.83%||168|
|I have generally felt very happy about my appearance||5.09%||54|
|How happy with your body were you before the pandemic?|
|How happy with your body are you now?|
|To what extent do you feel your self-esteem has been affected since the start of lockdown?|
|My self-esteem has increased significantly||3.06%||32|
|My self-esteem has increased slightly||10.52%||110|
|My self-esteem hasn't changed significantly||54.59%||571|
|My self-esteem has decreased slightly||22.08%||231|
|My self-esteem has decreased significantly||9.75%||102|
|To what extent have your exercise habits changed during lockdown?|
|I have significantly increased the amount of exercise I have been doing||9.46%||99|
|I have slightly increased the amount of exercise I have been doing||21.51%||225|
|I am doing the same amount of exercise as usual||35.18%||368|
|I have slightly decreased the amount of exercise I have been doing||20.84%||218|
|I have significantly decreased the amount of exercise I have been doing||13.00%||136|
|To what extent has the coronavirus pandemic affected your desire for cosmetic surgery?|
|My desire for cosmetic surgery has increased significantly||4.02%||42|
|My desire for cosmetic surgery has increased slightly||12.72%||133|
|My desire for cosmetic surgery has remained the same||25.43%||266|
|My desire for cosmetic surgery has decreased slightly||2.87%||30|
|My desire for cosmetic surgery has decreased significantly||1.43%||15|
|I don't want cosmetic surgery||53.54%||560|
|Which cosmetic procedure are you considering?|
|Botox or filler procedures||36.12%||173|
|Breast surgery (augmentation, reconstruction or reduction)||22.76%||109|
|Other (please specify)||8.77%||42|
|To what extent have social distancing guidelines affected your desire to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure?|
|Social distancing rules make me significantly less likely to want to visit a clinic for a cosmetic procedure||24.22%||116|
|Social distancing rules make me slightly less likely to want to visit a clinic for a cosmetic procedure||30.48%||146|
|Social distancing rules don't affect my desire to visit a clinic for a cosmetic procedure||45.30%||217|
|Have you invested in any beauty treatments since the UK lockdown was eased? Tick any that apply.|
|Nails - including manicure, pedicure, nail extensions or gel nails, for example||10.99%||114|
|Botox or filler procedures||3.38%||35|
|Hair cuts or treatments||33.08%||343|
|Waxing or other hair removal treatments||8.97%||93|
|None of the above||56.51%||586|
|Other (please specify)||2.03%||21|