FACEBOOK TIED TO HIGHER RISK OF EATING DISORDERS

According to this article, new research proves that high Facebook usage is linked to an increased risk of eating disorders. Research investigators at Florida State University analyzed 960 college women and discovered that the more time these women spent on Facebook was associated with higher levels of disordered eating. The reason behind this discovery is that women care far too much about receiving likes and comments on status updates and photos.By holding this to a higher standard of greater importance, these women were found mostly likely to untag photos of themselves that were not popularly liked as much or photos they believed that they looked bad in. Also these type of women compared their own photos to their friends’ photos, seeing whose photos were more liked and  looks better in their photos. In conclusion, these women have reported the highest levels of disordered eating. Most studies have focused on the tie between social media and eating disorders, but the Florida State study is the first of these studies to conclude that just spending only 20 minutes on Facebook will contribute to the risk of eating disorders. Facebook constantly reinforces women’s concerns about their body weight and shape, increasing their anxiety as well. According to professor Keel, more than 95% of the women who participated in the study use Facebook and all described checking their profiles repeatedly, spending at least 20 minutes during each visit furthermore, amounting  to spending more than an hour on Facebook each day. Facebook combines the impact of social influences and traditional media on the risks for disordered eating. Users are being constantly exposed to their friends’ images anad this thin idealized body image, where a little over a decade ago, magazine covers were the only place to these images were viewed. Therefore, Facebook is a network that provides young minds with unlimited access to negative body image though and an idealized shape. This article provide further proof that social media especially Facebook can put adolescent at a high risk of disordered eating and is therefore tied to the current rise in eating disorders within America. As previously mentions in prior blog posts about Facebook’s impact , this article has provided a study that show not just that Facebook is tied to eating disorders but also provides why and how it is linked.

Nauert, R. (2014). Facebook Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorders. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 22, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/03/06/facebook-tied-to-higher-risk-of-eating-disorders/66756.html

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