Facebook Photo Activity Associated With Body Image Disturbance In Adolescent Girls

Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking contains research on a study that examined the relationship between body image and adolescent girls’ activity on Facebook. Research proves that elevated internet exposure is positively correlated with increased body image dissatisfaction among adolescent girls. This correlation especially pertains to Facebook and so the study wanted to specify which specific features that Facebook has to offer correlates to body image issues. Within the study, 103 adolescent girls between the ages of 12-18 years were asked to complete a questionnaire pertaining to their total Facebook use, wight dissatisfaction, appearance comparison, Facebook feature use, etc. This study has been used in news articles i have previous analyzed and will now go into further detail with. Considering this study is popular, the credibility of the research is strong and therefore very useful for my research paper.

Based on the questionnaire, a score was given based on the participants’ use of photo applications and the total Facebook usage, known as the appearance exposure score. Furthermore, there was no significant correlation found between the total Facebook usage and any of the body image variables. Though there was a significant positive correlation between the body image variables and the appearance exposure. This research helps to explain why Facebook is correlated to increased numbers in eating disorders. It is not just on how long someone is on Facebook, but it is based on what an individual is doing while they are on Facebook. Therefore, I can use this research to explain to my audience that using photo related Facebook features provides access to an increased appearance exposure and body image dissatisfaction.

Meier, Evelyn P. and Gray, James. “Facebook photo activity associated with body image disturbance in adolescent girls.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. April 2014, 17(4): 199-206. doi:10.1089/cyber.2013.0305.


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