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Facebook linked to poor body image?

Does Facebook Make Women Feel Bad About Their Bodies?

Photo: Courtesy American Press

Photo: Courtesy American Press

The mediated version of what women should look like has always been under scrutiny, particularly looking at actresses and fashion models. But what about body image from social networks and friends? A recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom and United States, found that more time on Facebook could lead to more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends.

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Petya Eckler, University of Strathclyde; Yusuf Kalyango Jr., Ohio University; and Ellen Paasch, University of Iowa will present their findings at the 64th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Seattle, WA.

The researchers surveyed 881 college women about their Facebook use, eating and exercise habits, and body image. They were able to predict how often women felt negatively about their own bodies after looking at someone else’s photos or posts, and how often women compared their own bodies to those of their friends.

The findings also showed that more time spent on Facebook was associated with more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends. They also found that for women who want to lose weight, more time on Facebook led to more attention being paid to physical appearance. This included attention to one’s body and clothing.

Previous studies have examined college or adolescent girls and the effect of Facebook on users’ body image over non-users’. However, this is the first study to link time spent on Facebook to poor body image.

13 Surprising Statistics About Plastic Surgery
Adding up the numbers on cosmetic procedures.

318,123

Number of breast implant surgeries performed in 2010

 

2,414

Number of those surgeries performed on patients 65 and older

 

4,153

Number of those surgeries performed on patients 18 and younger

20

Percentage of patients with breast implants who will need them removed within ten years because of rupture, hardening of the tissue around the implant, and other complications (according to a recent FDA report)

133,511

Number of nose jobs performed last year

9,094

Number of nose jobs performed on patients 18 or younger

33

Percentage of potential nose job patients who have moderate to severe symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder (according to a recent study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

84,685

Number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on patients 65 and older in 2010 (including 26,635 facelifts and 24,783 cosmetic eyelid operations)

91

Percentage of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on women in 2010

184

Number of members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in 1967 (the year it was founded)

2,069

Number of members today

1.35

Percentage of members of ASAPS who are women

10,677,415,674

Dollars that Americans spent on cosmetic procedures in 2010

Unless otherwise noted, numbers are from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Facebook linked to poor body image? 

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