Tag Archives: Social Media

How Technology and Social Media Influences Body Image

Social Media Words In the rapid evolution of our society today, advances in technology have dictated the course of human interactions. The way we interface with one another is largely hinged on the capacities that have developed throughout the years. Face-to-face connections are often pushed aside for text messaging, emails, and the like. What has been lost and [...]
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Social Media Tips to Build Self Esteem & Positive Body Image

Man using social media on his computer Social media is being used for many things, one being body positive and self-esteem movements. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can foster vibrant conversations around positive self-esteem and body image campaigns. In a recent study of females between the ages of 18-25, those who used Instagram more had a higher rate of self-objectification [...]
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Eating Disorders, Instagram, and Teens: What to Look For?

Woman looking at Instagram on her phone Eating disorders are a severe mental health disorder and those that struggle with this disorder often hide their behaviors and symptoms from loved ones. People that struggle with an eating disorder can be of any weight or size [1]. For teens, using social media is like an extension of themselves. They use Instagram in conversation [...]
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Thinspiration, Bonespiration, and Social Media Concerns

Man researching exposure-based therapy on his iPad “Thinspiration” is a phrase that has caught on within social media like wildfire and has started a world of pro-ana and pro-mia websites that promote and support eating disorder behaviors. Images that typically come with the phrase ‘thinspiration’ are underweight men and women, or words such as ‘starving’ or ‘perfection’ and tips on how to [...]
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The Digital Era: Saving Kids From Developing an Eating Disorder

Child using social media and technology Social media has taken over Westernized societies, or so it seems. It can be seen in many areas of a person’s everyday life such as schools, classrooms, the workplace, and even in selfies. Everyone of every age seems to have a smartphone these days with instant 24-hour access to social media platforms. Teenagers especially seem [...]
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Combating Diet Culture on Social Media

Social Media Words Diets are everywhere in our society. It is almost impossible to go anywhere without having to face or hear about a new diet or weight loss program. Social media, which is prevalent and almost the major use of communication also promotes diets. When logging onto Facebook or other social media platform, you may see your [...]
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Is Social Media Helping or Hurting My Mental Health?

Man searching for Eating Disorders in Males on his smart phone Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation In order to take a proper, introspective look into how our social media habits affect our mental health, we first need a proper idea of how good mental health actually looks. The World Health [...]
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ED Prevention & Labeling Retouched Photos, is it Effective?

Mass media publications and advertisements have long portrayed unrealistic and unattainable body types. This tendency has worsened over time, as the women in magazines continue to become less representative of the average woman. One recent study found that the average body weight of female centerfolds in Playboy Magazine has significantly decreased over the past 40 [...]
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