Hungry for ‘likes’: Anxiety over Facebook photos linked to eating disorders
There is a positive correlation between an increased use of social media and decreased body image in young women, reveals a study. Facebook has become a global phenomenon and an active space for social comparison. “Facebook merges powerful peer influences with broader societal messages that focus on the importance of women’s appearance into a single platform that women carry with them throughout the day. As researchers and clinicians attempt to understand and address risk factors for eating disorders, greater attention is needed to the emerging role of social media in young people’s lives,” researchers state.