Social Media

pressure to look good had pushed up cosmetic surgery rates by nearly 20% since 2008‘ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29569473)

I believe that social networking sites hold a very large percentage responsible for poor body image of teenagers, and so this has made me want to research further into this fraction. A quick quote I found whilst looking for websites about social media and the link to poor image was: ‘The more time spent on Facebook, the more likely people are to self-objectify’ said by ‘Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, University of West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research’ which I found intriguing as  For years I have been involved with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc, but for this particular research I will be focusing particularly on ‘Tumblr’ as it is the first website I used where it made me think differently about myself. Tumblr is a social networking site where you can post photos of anything you wish, and reblog them from other peoples blog’s (where they then show on your blog also). With tumblr, it has no limits as to what you can post: hence why negative body image is such a high rising situation as it isn’t stopped by the company. As I typed ‘negative body image’ onto the search engine I was shocked to see large amount of posts dedicated to peoples personal opinions on body image and sufferers of this feeling.

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I searched into Google ‘social networking sites poor body image’ just to see if any websites came up that included worthy information, and surprisingly a few did that gave me some factual information about social networking sites and how they are effects teenagers perception of their own bodies. Social media can be a bad influence on any individual, especially teenagers: ‘causing some girls to strive for a “thin ideal” and some boys to seek an unrealistically muscular physique’ (http://knowmore.tv/fitness/weight-loss/is-social-media-harming-your-teens-body-image/48430)

‘Ninety-two per cent of teenage girls in the UK are unhappy with their body shape’ (Wardle, reported in The Times, 25 September 2004) – ‘The Psychology of Appearance’ by Nichola Rumsey; Diana Harcourt

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