In a recent article in Time Magazine, the author asserts that there is a “dating crisis” with young people in the Mormon faith.
The basis of this article is that young women have to compete to win the affections and attention of young men in this faith-based singles group.
In Utah, for example, the article shares a poll taken by the American Religious Identification Survey, which states that there are 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men.
This imbalance hypothetically creates a situation where young men can be particularly choosy when it comes to whom they will date. This is resulting in a highly competitive dating scene where, as the Time Magazine author asserts, women will do just about anything to stand out from the crowd, including getting plastic surgery (breast implants, in particular).
Is this a factual trend they’re seeing in Utah or just one person’s assumption based on the growing number of breast augmentation surgeries being performed in that state?
To date, there have been no surveys or patient follow ups to see if breast implant patients are, in fact, Mormon or if their surgery had anything to do with trying to tip the “dating scales” in their favor.
Plastic Surgery Trends Across the U.S.
In general, breast augmentation surgery has grown in popularity across the board for at least the past decade. The ASPS data shows that:
- The top procedure was breast augmentation (291,350 performed).
- 34% of all breast augmentations were in “Region 5” (which includes Utah).
- The top procedure was breast augmentation (296,203 performed).
- 38% of all breast augmentations were in Region 5.
- Breast augmentation was still the top procedure, but dipped by 1% (286K).
- 36% of all breast augmentations were in Region 5.
It is important to note that Region 5 includes AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WV, AK, CA, HI, OR, and WA. We all know that California, specifically Beverly Hills/Los Angeles, is culturally more accepting of plastic surgery procedures, so my assumption is that a good number of these cited procedures in the ASPS report are actually California cases…not Utah.
However, I don’t have Utah-specific data to look at, so I can’t be sure whether or not this “phenomenon” is actually taking place.
What Do You Think of Competition-Driven Plastic Surgery?
The bottom line is that everyone has the right and privilege to feel good about their appearance and to have enough confidence to approach someone in a dating situation.
However, if plastic surgery is being considered solely to “beat out” the competition, I feel that the point has been missed completely. Feel great about yourself, yes. But do it for YOU and no one else or you won’t be happy in the end. Besides, if your prospective mate is choosing you because of your breast size or physical appearance alone, you have to question whether they really are good “marriage material”.
If you have a good reason for desiring plastic surgery, visit our NYC or Long Island centers today. We offer a free consultation with one of our expert surgeons to help you determine if cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you.