Why the quest for perfection can spell disaster for children

The desire to drive out every imperfection and attain an unrealistic level of both professional and personal success is a direct cause of mental health problems in young people, Dr Thomas Curran tells Dan Watson. Schools are part of the problem, he argues – and so need to be part of the solution

The quest for perfection can lead to mental health problems in young people, experts warn

Just after the latest batch of smartphones were released, users began to notice something strange about their selfies. In every picture, they seemed to look better than in real life: younger, more defined, less blemished.

It turns out that, for some time, technology in phones has been helping us improve our pictorial appearance, and the latest models are doing it better than ever before.

Why would phone companies wish to develop such technology? Well, because assisted perfectionism is good for business: in an online world of filtered reality, everyone is looking for a way to keep up.

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