Are you prone to constantly checking your feeds on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube? You might develop issues such as distorted body image and eating disorder due to addiction to any one or all of them, according to a recent study.
Nervosa, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other mental issues have been revealed by the researchers as probable consequences of social media addiction.
The head author Jaime Sidani from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in the US, says that this kind of result is not unknown, previously exposure to other forms of media such as fashion and beauty magazines, television has caused females to be insecure in their own skin. The portrayal of hour glass figure as standard beauty has influenced women to thrive for the ‘ideal figure’.
Social media perpetuates the same stereotypes as the traditional media but on an enhanced level since interaction is now possible and this may lead to distorted body image and self-esteem issues.
The researcher asked 1765 American of the 16-32 age group to fill out a questionnaire in order to determine the level of their social media use. The questionnaire included eleven most used platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, LinkedIn Google Plus and Snapchat. They compared this result with those of the second questionnaire to analyze the risk of eating disorder.
The conclusion revealed that the people who spent most of their time on social media daily are 2.2 times more at the risk of suffering eating disorders and body image issues than who spent less time on social platforms. On the other hand, participants who spent more time checking their feeds weekly are 2.6 times more at the risk of incurring such concerns compared to their counterparts.