Date
23 September 2017
Vanity gave birth to one of the most memorable lines in the Disney animated fantasy Snow White. In the real world, women spend an average of 50 minutes a day in front of a mirror.  Photo: Disney
Vanity gave birth to one of the most memorable lines in the Disney animated fantasy Snow White. In the real world, women spend an average of 50 minutes a day in front of a mirror. Photo: Disney

What do Hong Kong women see in the mirror?

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most anxious of them all?

Hong Kong women, apparently.

They tend to look at themselves in the mirror less often than their counterparts abroad, but the few times they do (5.8 times on average a day), they become increasingly anxious about their appearance, especially as they age, according to a survey commissioned by the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

The survey, which polled 502 respondents, found that Hong Kong women spend 35.9 minutes in front of a mirror on a given day compared with 50 minutes for their foreign sisters who check themselves out an average of 6.1 times, Apple Daily reported Monday.

But what is it that makes a whopping 87 percent of Hong Kong women experience negative feelings when they look at themselves in the mirror?    

It’s their skin and body shape, the survey shows. Apparently, they’re not good enough.

Asked what comes to mind when they see themselves in the mirror, 32 percent said “old” while others said “tired” and “too fat”.

Interestingly, the bad vibes worsen with younger women. Of those in their thirties, 12 percent feel anxious about their mirror image, twice the world average, but 60 percent have stopped looking at themselves in the mirror altogether.

Blame it on advertisements that promote a certain ideal for women, YWCA supervisor So Yim-fong was quoted as saying. But instead of feeling distressed, women should learn to appreciate themselves, Yim said.

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