HOW MANY PEOPLE USE 415 OF THE TOP SOCIAL MEDIA , APPS & TOOLS?

The main focus of my research paper is based on the impact of social media on eating disorders, leading to reasons on why social media causes eating disorders to develop in America. Most of my research so far has been on just that; articles and experiments proving the argument. Since social media has this large of an impact, than how many people are actually using these popular sites? Therefore, this article displays a list of 415 popular social networking sites and tools utilized by the public. Through this data, I was able to recover that over 1.23 billion users on Facebook, 1 billion users on YouTube, 243 million active users on Twitter, 150 million on instagram, 70 million users on pinterest and 108.9 blogs on tumblr. These numbers are ridiculously large, concluding that our lives have never been more intertwined with technology. It is everywhere and is used by just about everyone. Social media is like it’s own alternate universe with it’s information spreading like a virus through our universe. I think that the information discovered in this article can be used as an attention grabber to my introduction. It is a piece of interesting information, a set of random facts that could really get the readers attention make them curious as to what other facts this paper may offer that the reader was previously unaware of.

Smith, Craig. “How many people use 415 of the top social media, apps & tools?” Digital Mariketing Ramblings…Thelatest digital marketing stats, tips trends and technology. March 9, 2014 Accessed: February 15, 2014. http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/4/#.Uzx37hZZLzZ

FRP Rough Draft

Eating Disorders and Social Media
With over 1.23 billion users on Facebook, 1 billion users on YouTube, 243 million active users on Twitter, 150 million on instagram, 70 million users on pinterest and 108.9 blogs on tumblr, our lives have never been more intertwined with technology (Smith 1). Though living in a technologically advanced society can be harmful to your health. It may seem fabulous to have all these “cool” gadgets and to have the world at your fingertips, but everything comes with a consequence. Having access to loads of information at once can be overwhelming, causing your mind and body to suffer. Information discovered on the Internet gets one’s mind expanding on all kinds of knowledge; some is truthful and inspirational, while others can be misleading and harmful. One popular topic with billions of searches on the web is body image. The ideal body portrayed through social media has aided in the rise in eating disorders within America. Over the past few decades, eating disorders have become an increasing controversial problem with young women.
Social media is being blamed for the increasing numbers of teens suffering from eating disorders. Numerous social networking sources such as American pop culture, contribute to this rise. During adolescent years, people are at the greatest risk for developing an eating disorder. This is because at the importance of social pressure and physical appearances are at its highest levels in one’s adolescent years. Recent studies have found sites such as Facebook, proved to have an influence on girls’ thoughts on body image. A study at American University in Washington D.C. asked 103 adolescent girls to complete a series of surveys about Facebook usage and body image throughout the course of a week. The study concluded that adolescent girls who spent more of their time participating in photo-related activities were unsatisfied with their current weight, desiring to use unhealthy ways of achieving the goal of an ideally thin body image (Charles 1). Therefore, it can be said that social media, especially Facebook and other sites where photos and body image are highlighted can produce negative thoughts in adolescent minds of not just girls but boys too. All adolescents are under an insane amount of pressure to look their best, to appear attractive and follow up on the latest ideals, allowing them to fall under the pressures of social media, culture and their unhealthy ideals.
Social media has numerous influences on adolescents and these influence play a vital role in the rise of eating disorders in the technologically advanced society that we live in. Everything today is done through social media and social networking is where most communication occurs. With this increased interaction online, inspiration for the start of eating disorders is bound to happen. The creation of Facebook has ultimately turned Adolescent girls’ lives into chaos. Featured research on a scientific study published by Professors Yael Latzer, Ruth Katz and Zohar Spivak, of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, examines the effects of two factors on the development of eating disorders in adolescent girls. The two factors included exposure to media and self-empowerment. The Study tested a group of 248 female subjects ranging from ages 12-19, asking each subject to take part in a survey regarding information relating the subject’s internet and television habits. As well as questionnaires examining aspects related to the subject’s general outlook on eating and their sense of personal empowerment, etc. The study furthermore concluded that the chances for the development of a negative body image and various eating disorders increases with the increased amount of time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook (University of Haifa 1). Some such eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and exaggerated dieting. Social media as a support system comes with both positive and negative effects. The use of social media also allows your teen or young adult to network, make friends, and inadvertently boosts their self-esteem by connecting in a positive way with others.
There is a major concern over social media being a virus rapidly spreading amongst the world. With social media becoming viral, young women are exposed to media’s ideal body image within their own homes. A latest fad among teen girls of this decade is the thigh gap. The impossible weight loss goal is to become so thin that there is a gap between the thighs even when the feet are together. Apparently, the wider the gap is the sexier is the person (Staff Reporter 1). The availability of seeing pictures of friends being skinny and activities of other can create a competition amongst peers. Internet Fads like this one fall under a particular topic know as Thinspiration. Thinspiration is any photographs, prose or other material intended to support and provide inspiration for anorexia nervous or any other eating disorder as a lifestyle choice. This is backed with words of expression from Meagan a 16 year old girl suffering with anorexia, young women are exposed to pro-anorexia and pro-bullimia information at the palm of their hands (WCSH6 Reporter 1). It is nearly impossible to ignore these images and information, since they appear everywhere and social media is the large stepping-stone for eating disorders to reach the mass majority. As Meagan has stated, “The connection breeds knowing what everyone is up to and the competition,” She says, “I think eating disorders are really based off of the competition. Who can be skinnier? If so and so looks like this, I can too. And I can be better” (WCSH6 Reporter 1). The message Megan is conveying is that with unlimited access to images and the personal lives of others, social media has created an unspoken challenge amongst young women to see who can have the sexiest, best looking body out there. Images and prose intended to inspire weight loss actually inspire an unhealthy competition between all young women. Furthermore, social media has produced a new society where all young women are obsessed with the idea of being skinny. Sites have even been created with full intent of promoting eating disorders; known as “Pro-Mia” (pro-bulimia) and “Pro-Ana” (pro-anorexia) sites.
“Pro-Mia” and “Pro-Ana” websites allow anyone to access and view pictures of others and receive advice on how to maintain an eating disorder. Sites like these create the most harm amongst adolescents because they basically send the message telling others that is okay to have an eating disorder. Implying to their audience; why struggle to fight it, just embrace it. Extended research performed by a team of professionals analyzes the amount of pro-eating disorder content available to the public through social media. To determine which sites were providing pro-eating disorder information, the research team coordinated a systematic content analysis of 180 active websites, observing and recording site logistics, site accessories, or any “thinspiration” material such as images or any text encouraging weight loss. Also analyzing tips and tricks, recover, themes or anything that could be perceived as harm. In result to the team’s experimentation, they were able to determine a statistical conclusion of the results recovered. Some of the determined results are that 91% of these websites were open to the public, 79% included interactive features, 84% provided pro-anorexia content and 64% contained pro-bulimia content (Borzekowski, Etc. 1). Therefore, there are a lot of harmful websites available to young women. This statistical research should be noted and brought to the attention of these young women to teach them provide added awareness to help decrease potential eating disorder problems. A social media topic of interest, Thinspiration, was displayed on 85% of these pro-eating disorder sites. Even more alarming news is that 83% of the sites provide suggestions on how one should engage in eating disorder behaviors (Borzekowski, Etc. 1). This is a large percentage of sites that motivate these young women to continue having an eating disorder and that it is perfectly fine to have these unhealthy eating habits. Sites like these tell girls it is okay to engage in such terrible behavior and can have a detrimental effect on a young girl’s mind.
Moreover, the public is able to crop, cut, paste and edit their entire body or image to generate whatever looks one may desire. People therefore are being perceived as something they are not. As well, numerous ads available across almost any site one enters display air brushed models or promotions of different types of diets. One major problem faced by Americans in the recent years is the obesity epidemic. Many people living in America are overweight and have unhealthy eating habits. If most of America is overweight, than why is the ideal American body image to be ultra thin? Fatter America and an ultra thin body image equal an unrealistic body image goal for Americans to achieve. Therefore, the obesity epidemic in America can lead to anorexia or bulimia as a result of American’s desire to achieve this ideal body image. According to the article, 50% of people are unsatisfied with their body image. In 2009, 14.5% of high school girls and 6.9% of high school boy reported going at least 24 hours without eating to lose weight. Also, 5.4% of girls and 2.6% of boys reported that they have vomited or took laxatives to prevent weight gaining (Purtle 1). The reason for these adolescents to engage in this type of behavior is due to that ultra thin image that is overly advertised everywhere.
Many advertisements utilize these tools, such as Photoshop to create an even thinner image than the model in the photograph. These companies go so far as to airbrush the model to the point where they have created false advertisement. An experiment was done involving college women with the exposure to an ideally thin body image. Some women were exposed to the thin images of women, while the control group was exposed to normal images of women. It was found that women who viewed the thin images were less satisfied with their own bodies, had lower self-esteems and greater eating disorder symptoms than the control group. As a result, Photoshop, air brushing and any usage of an ultra thin body image can have a negative impact of adolescent women (Purtle 1). Furthermore, supporting the idea to decrease and regulate usage of Photoshop to help prevent any rise in eating disorders. Since Photoshop is used widely across America and advertisement companies, it is important to include it in my research paper. The article provides some evidence and support to my argument of the harmful affects of Photoshop on social media and its contribution to eating disorders.
Many social media sites are becoming aware of factors on their sites that could lead to harm and eating disorders. Anything that the site thinks is harmful they will block or take down; Instagram is an example of a social media site willing to take action. “While Instagram is a place where people can share their lives with others through photographs, any account found encouraging or urging users to embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or to cut, harm themselves, or commit suicide will result in a disabled account without warning” (WCSH6 Reporter 1). Some may argue that instagram is being too harsh or extreme but these actions need to occur. America may be a free country and people may be able to say what they want, but when it puts harm on an individual than someone needs to step up and take authority. Nowhere on social media should anyone’s live be put at risk.
There are multiple sites available on the Internet that can cause alarm for a high risk of development of eating disorders. Some sites possess a higher risk than others. These sites are Facebook, Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia sites, as well as any site where photos or images are the sites key focus. Moreover, it is clear that the The ideal body portrayed through social media has aided in the rise in eating disorders within America. Though with the expansion of technology, the Internet is not going away anytime soon. Therefore, utilizing all of the extensive research available, the best possible solution to this issue is Awareness. Bringing awareness to young adolescents doesn’t eliminate eating disorders entirely, but it help take action in the right direct to lower the amount of young people suffering with such eating disorders. Regardless of the child’s age, parents should always be aware of what site their children are on. This does not mean that parent’s should block sited and ban their children from social media. Doing such may result in worse consequences. Blocking children from certain sites, make that child more curious and the child desire to go on it while increase. Because blocking certain can cause children to be more curious about the site, making the issue worse. The best way is to allow a child to go on sites but monitor and discuss with children about what they are on and what they are viewing. Simple discussions and lectures can create awareness and be extremely helpful with prevention.
Bibliography
Borzekowski, Dina L. G.; Schenk, Summer; Wilson, Jenny L.; Peebles, Rebecka. “e-Ana
and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Sites.” Am J Public Health. 2010 August; 100(8): 1526–1534. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901299/#__ffn_sectitle

Charles, Megan. “Social Media to Blame for increase in eating disorders among teens
(study).” Business 2 Community. January 27, 2014. Accessed: February 28, 2014 http://www.business2community.com/social-buzz/social-media-blame-increase-eating-disorders-among-teens-study-0757954#!CyqlM

Purtle, Jonathan. “Diagnosing a public health problem: photoshop.” Philly.com May 10,
2012 Accessed: February 28. 2014 http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/public_health/Photoshopping-beauty-into-a-public-health-problem.html?c=r

Smith, Craig. “How many people use 415 of the top social media, apps & tools?” Digital
Mariketing Ramblings…Thelatest digital marketing stats, tips trends and technology. March 9, 2014 Accessed: February 15, 2014. http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/4/#.Uzx37hZZLzZ

Staff Reporter. “Social Networking Sites Promoting Eating Disorders.” Nature World
News. Oct 05, 2013. Viewed: Feb 19, 2013 http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4334/20131005/social-networking-sites-promoting-eating-disorders.htm

WCSH6 Reporter. “Impact of Social Media on Eating Disorders.” WCSHPortland. A
Gannett Company. June 11, 2012. Viewed: February 25, 2012. http://www.wcsh6.com/news/health/article/203458/8/Impact-of-social-media-on-eating-disorders

University of Haifa. “Facebook users more prone to developing eating disorders, study
finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 February 2011. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110207091754.htm

FINAL RESEARCH PAPER OUTLINE

  1. Introduciton: (***may base research according to impact of western culture***)
    1. Background: (include defining social media and eating disorders) In America, social media has become a major part of our lives over the past few decades.
    2. Thesis/Point of view: My argument is that the ideal body portrayed through social media has aided in the rise in eating disorders within America. Over the past few decades, eating disorders have become an increasing controversial problem with young women and now an issue branching to children under age 12.
  2. Specific social media sources play a vital role in contributing to eating disorders.
    1. Which social media sources play a vital role in contributing to eating disorders? There are multiple sites available on the Internet that cause alarm for a high risk of development of eating disorders. Some sites possess a high risk than others. These sites include Facebook, pinterest, instagram, tumblr, pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites.
    2. Facebook as the most popular cite: The creation of Facebook turned Adolescent girls’ live into chaos. Science daily provides featured research on scientific study published by Professors Yael Latzer, Ruth Katz and Zohar Spivak, of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa. These researchers examined the effects of two factors on the development of eating disorders in adolescent girls. The two factors included exposure to media and self-empowerment. The Study tested a group of 248 female subjects ranging from ages 12-19, asking each subject to take part in a survey regarding information relating the subject’s internet and television habits. As well as questionnaires examining aspects related to the subject’s general outlook on eating and their sense of personal empowerment, etc. The study furthermore concluded that the chances for the development of a negative body image and various eating disorders increases with the increased amount of time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook. Some such eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and exaggerated dieting.
  3. Latest Fads become the major gossip on Social Media, all based on body image.
    1. The Thigh Gap: A latest fad among teen girls is the thigh gap. The impossible weight loss goal is too become so thin that there is a gap between the thighs even when the feet are together. Apparently, the wider the gap is the sexier is the person.
    2. Thinspiration: The availability of seeing pictures of friends being skinny and activities of other can create a competition amongst peers. According to one girl, “The connection breeds knowing what everyone is up to and the competition,” Meagan says. “I think eating disorders are really based off of the competition. Who can be skinnier? If so and so looks like this, I can too. And I can be better.” images and prose intended to inspire weight loss
  4. How advice blogs can actually be harmful to readers?
    1. “Pro-Mia” (pro-bulimia) and “Pro-Ana” (pro-anorexia) websites where one can view pictures of others and receive advice on how to maintain an eating disorder.
    2. Social media as a support system, the positive and negative effects. The use of social media also allows your teen or young adult to network, make friends, and inadvertently boosts their self-esteem by connecting in a positive way with others.
  5. The variety of tools available for public access aid in portraying an ideal body image.
    1. Photoshop: The public is able to crop, cut paste and edit their entire body or image to generate whatever looks one desire. People are being perceived as something they are not.
    2. Advertisements everywhere. There are numerous adds across almost any site one enters displaying air brushed models or promotions of different types of diets.
  6. Awareness
    1. What social media sites are doing? “While Instagram is a place where people can share their lives with others through photographs, any account found encouraging or urging users to embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or to cut, harm themselves, or commit suicide will result in a disabled account without warning,” –posted by representatives from Instagram
    2. What the public can do? Parent’s should be aware of what sites their children are visiting. Blocking certain sited can be bad because it can cause children to be more curious about the site, making the issue worse. The best way is to allow a child to go on sites but monitor and discuss with children about what they are on and what they are viewing. Simple discussions and lectures can create awareness and be extremely helpful with prevention.
  7. Conclusion:
    1. Summarize the facts
    2. Provide a solution
    3. State thesis
    4. Do the facts support the argument?

COURSE REFLECTION

Writing in general has never been a strong suit for me. Ever since I could remember, I have always seemed to struggle when it came to writing. As a result, over the years I have worked diligently and tried to the highest degree to improve my writing skills and become a decent writer. Due to my past experiences, I entered into this class with a few negative thoughts and a couple of low expectations for the class. I desired nothing more than to pass this class and earn the credit to cover my course requirement for Syracuse University. After sitting in this class for two months now, my mindset has been altered.

For once, I seem to have received a professor for whom I actually like for a number of reasons. Firstly, going to class isn’t a pain, but is rather enjoyable. There is a lot of positive energy in the classroom and discussions are relaxed and open to everyone’s thoughts. Secondly, I understand the course topic and find the topics of class discussion interesting and relatable. The readings so far have been interesting and worthy of a class discussion. Thirdly, class time is used efficiently and based around the topic. Drifting off topic has occurred occasionally, but not like previously classes I’ve taken have. I appreciate that I feel confident in getting my money’s worth out of taking this class.

For further class time suggestions, I would recommend to attempt to provide short reading rather than long reading. Not to minimize the work or effort, but I find that shorter readings grab my attention more and I am more inclined to be focused on what the reading is about and what I should get out of it. When the reading start to get lengthy I notice that the attention and focus drifts away from the article near the middle and I find myself skimming to finish due to lost focus. Also, longer reading if someone is not interested in the topic can become busy work, which is not the purpose or intention of the assignment. Another change could be and I have experienced this in other classes, is if we could allow some class time to work on parts of our research papers to either do some research. Even if it is just for one class, it could be helpful to some students and especially since it allows them the chance to ask the professor current questions and get an immediate response. Other than these brief concerns, this class has been a pleasure to be a part of.

As far as research goes, my topic is eating disorders. I chose eating disorders for my research paper because it has impacted the lives of people around me, including one of my sisters in Delta Phi Epsilon. This past week our sorority participated in ANAD week, providing the campus with increased awareness of eating disorders and ending with a vigil. Since the topic is so near to my heart, researching and finding tons of information to back up my argument provides me with confidence to prove my argument right. With the technological generation we’re in, social media’s influence on eating disorders needs to be brought to people’s attention. Everything is falling into place and I look to utilize my research to provide awareness to adolescent women.

HOW SOCIAL NETWORKS SPREAD EATING DISORDERS

This article provides outstanding research from scientists at Harvard Medical School. The focus of their research was based on the impact of western social networking on body image among school girls in Fiji. It was determined that those Fijian girls exposed to television were 60% more likely to express abnormal eating habits when compared to those girls without this type of exposure. This just shows how strongly social networking can influence adolescent minds and how rapidly these negative influences can spread. While the article does not pertain specifically to America, it does pertain to the entire western culture as a whole. What is so magnificent about this article is its influence on even a small remote country. The information spread throughout a western society, like America, does not just affect the people of that cultural society, but those surrounding it as well. After renewing the article, it has been brought to my attention to consider the effects of western society as a whole, not just America. Also, I would like to include information about on these influences are spreading like a disease to other surrounding areas throughout the world.

Park, Alice. “How social networks spread eating disorders.” Times Health & Family. January 07, 2011. Accessed: March 2, 2014. http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/07/how-social-networks-spread-eating-disorders/

SOCIAL MEDIA TO BLAME FOR INCREASE IN EATING DISORDERS AMONG TEENS (STUDY)

Social media is being blamed for increasing numbers of teens suffering from eating disorders. Numerous social networking sources such as American pop culture contribute to this rise. During adolescent years, people are at the greatest risk for developing an eating disorder. This is due to the importance of social pressure and physical  appearance are at it’s highest levels. Recent studies  have found sites such as Facebook, prove to have an influence on girls’ thoughts on body image. A study at American University in Washington D.C. asked 103 adolescent girls to complete a series of surveys about Facebook usage and body image throughout the course of a week. The study concluded that adolescent girls who spent more of their time participating in goto-related activities were unsatisfied with their current weight, desiring to use unhealthy ways of achieving the goal of an ideally thin body image. Therefore, it can be said that social media, especially on Facebook and other sites where photos and body image are highlighted can produce negative thoughts in adolescent minds of not just girls but boys too. All adolescents are under an insane amount of pressure to look their best, to appear attractive and follow up on the latest ideals, allowing them to fall under the pressures of social media, culture and the unhealthy ideals. This article has discussed several reasons why social media can be to blame for the increase in eating  disorders among teenagers. The study provided to back up the argument can be used to help back up my similar argument. Social media has numerous influences on adolescents and these influence play vital role in the rise of eating disorders in our technologically advanced society that we live in. Everything now a days is done through social media and social networking is where most communication occurs. With this increased interaction online, inspiration for the start of eating disorders is bond to happen.

Charles, Megan. “Social Media to Blame for increase in eating disorders among teens (study).” Business 2 Community. January 27, 2014. Accessed: February 28, 2014 

DIAGNOSING A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM: PHOTOSHOP

A major problem faced by Americans in the recent years is the obesity epidemic. Many people living in America are overweight and have unhealthy eating habits. If most of America is overweight, than why is the ideal American body image to be ultra thin? Fatter American and an ultra thin body image equals an unrealistic body image goal for American’s to achieve. Therefore, the obesity epidemic in America can lead to anorexia or bulimia as a result of American’s desire to achieve this ideal body image. According to the article, 50% of people are unsatisfied with their body image. In 2009, 14.5% of high school girls and 6.9% of high school boy reported going at least 24 hours without eating to lose weight. Also, 5.4% of girls and 2.6% of boys reported that they have vomited or took laxatives to prevent weight gaining. The reason for these adolescents to engage in this type of behavior is due to that ultra thin image, that is overly advertised everywhere. Many advertisements utilize tools, such as photoshop to create and even thinner image that the model in the photograph. These companies go so far as to air brush the model to the point where they have created false advertisement. An experiment was done involving college women with the exposure to an ideally thin body image. Some women were exposed to the thin images of women, while the control group was exposed to normal images of women. It was found that women who viewed the thin images were less satisfied with their own bodies, had lower self-esteems and greater eating disorder symptoms than the control group. As a result, photoshop, air brushing and any usage of an ultra thin body image can have a negative impact of adolescent women. Furthermore, supporting the idea to decrease and regulate usage of photoshop to help prevent any rise in eating disorders. Since photoshop is used widely across America and advertisement companies, it is important to include it in my research paper. The article provides some evidence and support to my argument of the harmful affects of photoshop on social media and its contribution to eating disorders.

Purtle, Jonathan. “Diagnosing a public health problem: photoshop.” Philly.com May 10, 2012 Accessed: February 28. 2014 http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/public_health/Photoshopping-beauty-into-a-public-health-problem.html?c=r

E-ANA AD E-MIA: A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF PRO-EATING DISORDER WEBSITES

The journal article provides extended research performed by a team of professional who analyzed the amount of pro-eating disorder content available to the public through social media. To determine which sites were providing pro-eating disorder information, the research team coordinated a systematic content analysis of 180 active websites, observing and recording site logistics, site accessories,  or any “thinspiration” material such as images or any text encouraging weight loss. Also analyzing tips and tricks, recover, themes or anything that could be perceived as harm. In result to the teams experimentation, they were able to determine a statistical conclusion of the results recovered. Some of the determined results are that 91% of these websites were open to the public, 79% included interactive features, 84% provided pro-anorexia content and 64% contained pro-bulimia content. Therefore, there are a lot of harmful websites available to young women. This statistical research should be noted and brought to the attention of these young women to teach them provide add awareness to help decrease potential eating disorder problems. A social media topic of interest, thinspiration, was displayed on 85% of these pro-eating disorder sites. Even more alarming news is that 83% of the sites provide suggestions on how one should engage in eating disorder behaviors. This is a large percentage of site that motivate these young women to continue having an eating disorder and that it is perfectly fine to have these unhealthy eating habits. Sites like these tell girls it is okay to engage in such terrible behavior and can have a large effect on a young girl’s mind. The content found in this research will provide a statistical aspect of my research paper, proving that social media does cause harm to young women and does aid in rise in eating disorders.

Borzekowski, Dina L. G.; Schenk, Summer; Wilson, Jenny L.; Peebles, Rebecka. “e-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Sites.” Am J Public Health. 2010 August; 100(8): 1526–1534. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901299/#__ffn_sectitle

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES PROMOTING EATING DISORDERS

According to a staff reporter for Nature World News, social media forces young women to adopt unhealthy eating habits, leading to eating disorders as a result. These unhealthy eating habits are a response to popular trends appearing all over social media. One such Fad that has been trending for a while now is the thigh gap. The thigh gap is literally an impossible weight loss goal many young women have to become thin. Apparently, the wider the thigh gap between one’s two thigh, the sexier one is. What make this goal so impossible is that everyone’s body types are unique and structured differently. Most majority of people, no matter how much weight is lost may never physical be capable of developing a thigh gap. Therefore, one may continue to loss weight with hope and are self-driven to achieve a thigh gap. With so much motivation, one can take wight loss to an extreme unhealthy level. Social media site just aid in this self-motivation. When young women see other women, especially super-thin models with this thigh gap, the pressure is added and their motivation is only fueled more. What these young women are unaware of is the fact that many of these images in front of them are not real. Advertisement companies and other social media companies manipulate the real photo to an extreme. No one is actually that perfect and the only way to help decrease the development of these eating disorder trends is to educate young minds on these aspects, providing awareness for what one see verses the reality of the situation. This article also points out the 2011 study done at the University of Haifa, also mentioned in a blog discussing a previous article. Because social trends are a large part of social media and what a majority of young people seem most interested in, discussing this thigh gap trend within my research paper is important. The article provides an excellent argument for the promotion of eating disorders through social media sites and will furthermore help to promote my same argument.

Staff Reporter. “Social Networking Sites Promoting Eating Disorders.” Nature World News. Oct 05, 2013. Viewed: Feb 19, 2013 http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4334/20131005/social-networking-sites-promoting-eating-disorders.htm

IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON EATING DISORDERS

The current article published back in 2012 provides concern over social media being a virus rapidly speeding amongst the world. WIth social media becoming viral, young women are exposed to media’s ideal body image within their own homes. With Thinspiration, a particular topic discussed in this article backed with words of expression from Meagan a 16 year old girl suffering with anorexia, young women are exposed to pro-anorexia and pro-bullimia information at the palm of their hands. It is nearly impossible to ignore these images and information, since they appear everywhere and social media is the large stepping stone for eating disorders to reach the mass majority. Dr. Margo Maine, founder of the Nation Eating Disorders Association, voices her concerns about social media’s impact on young women’s lives and the increase in the development of eating disorders. As Meagan has stated, eating disorders today are greatly due to the competition to became skinny, who can be the skinniest and who can do it best? Social media has produced a new society where all young women are obsessed with the idea of being skinny.

This article is of great usage for my research paper, it’s argument of concern backs up my argument and provides thoughts from both a young girl with first hand experience with suffering from this disorder and a doctor specializing in the field of study. Thinspiration and pro-anorexia/ pro-bullima site will be discussed in great detail within my research paper.

“Impact of Social Media on Eating Disorders.” WCSHPortland. A Gannett Company. June 11, 2012. Viewed: February 25, 2012. http://www.wcsh6.com/news/health/article/203458/8/Impact-of-social-media-on-eating-disorders