Social Media

iPhone screen that displays social media applicationsSocial media are online platforms used to connect with friends and family. It has the benefits of allowing easy communication and staying up-to-date with our important relationships. However, there can also be some downfalls. For example, the constant stream of visual content – pictures of your friends at the beach or portraits of family members – can onset body comparisons that increase body dissatisfaction. This relationship is not yet fully understood.

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Hogue, J.V., & Mills, J.S. (2019). The effects of active social media engagement with peers on body image in young women. Body Image, 28, 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.11.002.

Mills, J.S., Musto, S., Williams, L., & Tiggemann, M. (2018). “Selfie” harm: Effects on mood and body image in young women. Body Image, 27, 86-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.007.

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