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THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE BODY IMAGE

Power of social media to body image. #THINSPO - Twitter Search

Power of social media to body image. #THINSPO - Twitter Search

The source show how social media encourage eating disorders as they make people think being thin as an ideal body. The post says, “Thin is beauty everyone’s always so envious of the skinny girl because it’s just so beautiful”. People believe everything looks good on skinny people. This emphasize people especially women to crave for thin bodies, hence led to eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia Nervosa and Manorexia. Moreover, this emphasizes actions that contribute to negative body image such as editing of posts before posting, using shape enhancers and also performing plastic surgeries. This is because currently, many people do not appreciate their bodies and this is largely contributed by images in the media and various companies seem to support that. For instance, phone manufacturing companies improve the camera filters and introduce various editing apps which encourage negative body image in the society. From the information given by the media, I think people should be educated about the effects of social media on the body image, encouraged to love themselves, their beauty as everyone is special in his or her own way. Also providing and making the treatments more accessible to the ones affected of eating disorders.

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Does social media impact on body image?

Does social media impact on body image?

The source describes how social media has changed how people view the world and this has contributed to negative body image perspectives. Kelsey Hibberd, from Southend, who is currently running mentoring programme called Loud Education, was once a victim of social media on body image perceptive. Kelsey at the age of 11 and 16 used to be very ”conscious of her body even for the tiny body parts such as shape of her eyebrows, this is because her friends used to point at her making her think she is ugly and not special”, says the writer. This made change her look in order to be seem cute, but lately she just realized that,"it was for other people to stop hating on me”, says Kelsey. Social media push people to show their best self and even more, which is risky as people compare themselves to others, which in turn aren’t real at times. This is because, “the cameras in smartphones have built-in filters and effects to help enhance images posted online”. Therefore, photos in social media can be edited and look majestic, this led to deception, as the photos aren't real. The perspective of negative body image has affected both adults and teenagers, as it is stated that “about 60%of public feel ashamed of the way they looked”. This has increased “cosmetic surgery rates by nearly 20% since 2008”, says MPs’ report. The effect is even maximized as it is difficult for people to ignore social media, as social media are mainly used for communication among people across the world and news updating. And, “the more time spent on Facebook, the more likely people are to self-objectify”, says Dr. Phillippa Diedrichs, senior research fellow at the University of West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research. This creates the situation whereby people crave for comments and likes on social media , hence people work out to get perfect body and looks, which can eventually led to eating disorders. In order, to solve this, Kesley suggests that there is a need “ to showcase a more diverse range of bodies in the media because there is not just one way to be healthy or one ideal look”. Moreover, people especially teenagers, should be educated of the social media and its effects.

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Who is to blame for negative influences on body image? - Sorenskl

Who is to blame for negative influences on body image? - Sorenskl

The source explains how social media and various brands have influenced negative perfectives on the body image. More people especially women look for physical perfections so as to look flawless and beautiful when posted in the social media. Various activities conducted in the media contribute this, such as fashion shows and advertising done in the internet. For instance, Victoria Secret Fashion Show hosts a number of models, known as “angels”. The models are designated to look more sexy than any other regular runway models, hence they look for models who are divine, that are “very thin, tall, bustier, curvier and they are dressed up like goddess”, says the writer. Most designers encourage this, for instance Valentino Garavani said that,” it is hard to make clothes look great on big women”. Other fashion companies like Abercrombie & Fitch refuses to make clothes for fat people claiming that,” their purpose is to hire good-looking people and not stocking XL or XXL”. Moreover, other companies such as H&M use various body types of curvy models but they name them as plus-sized. These activities generally affect the viewers in the social media psychological as they start comparing themselves to the “angels”, hence workout to have thin and curvy bodies, which can lead to eating disorders. Hence, Emma Tarver claim that the, "producers to emphasize on body issues, beauty ideals, and pop culture without shaming and misogyny". In addition, the current social media slogan that states that “skinny is out, thick is in” as how stated by the writer creates bias and affect skinny women’s self-esteem. This eventually force people to seek for the required physical perfection, hence increasing the rates plastic surgeries, use of shape enhancers such as padded panties, butt pads, hip pads and lifter undergarments which contribute to negative body image.” There will always be a specific body type that is in and women need to figure out a way to stop this”, says the writer . Therefore, I encourage that never let social media control your beauty and perspectives on body image, as people views on the perfect body changes frequently. Hence, following the social media body image perspectives, make people being not free with their bodies which is not good for health.

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Media's Effects on Body Image

Media's Effects on Body Image

The source explain on the body image, causes of negative body image and the group of people that are more affected with negative body images from the social media. The speaker describes body image as mental representation we create on how we look like, it can have close connection or not with how others view us. Due to the currently great usage of social media, people have focused on how to look like the supermodels in the magazines hosted in the social media. People have developed body dissatisfaction and negative body image perspectives. This affects adolescents and college students at large percent as they tend to be more conscious about their body weight and appearance. Moreover, not only women are the ones affected in these even men are reported to develop insecurities about their body image. Although, it is not easy to find out as men are not open in discussing about their body image. Men especially teenagers, tend to struggle to attain a masculine bodies, this could be by performing various exercises such as athletes. Eventually this has led to the development of various eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia nervosa, also leading to development severe stress to the individuals. Therefore, to solve this problem on how social media encourage negative body image, people should be aware of negative effects of social media. This could be accomplished, by educating people on the usage of social media, its effects and deception happening in the social media world. People shouldn't trust everything happening in the social media and develop a sense of self esteem. More mentorship programs and other sources used to create social media awareness should be established, so as to reach more people and solve the problem.

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