Study Shows Facebook Is Influencing Women’s Body Image - A Whittle Bit of Commentary 5/4/15

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Facebook is a great way to stay in touch and connect with old friends. It’s also a great way to make yourself depressed and jealous of those friends as well. Rare.us reports a new study in Psychology of Women Quarterly, which is a daily read for me personally, conducted a study that included 150 Australian women 17 to 25, on their internet usage, TV watching, and magazine reading, and how objectified each medium made them feel. The study discovered that women felt lacking in their personal appearances more when seeing someone they know Facebook photos than even when they see a supermodel in lingerie ads. So, Facebook is really messing up women’s body image of themselves, because I guess people are more concerned with keeping up and looking better than the Joneses they know, than the Kate Uptons they don’t know, because they assume the Uptons are photo shopped, because there’s no way that Susie down the road can be that skinny! People being jealous of others, that’s nothing new. Been happening way before even MySpace. It’s just on demand and a click away now with a constant stream of new photos to be jealous of. I’m Chad Whittle and for the record, my body looks great on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

 

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http://rare.us/story/warning-facebook-is-making-you-feel-bad-about-yourself/

 

 

Posted on May 3, 2015 .