The New Body Image Research

Document Type:Thesis

Subject Area:Psychology

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Nevertheless, the images they share and receive on the social media sites influence their body image in one way or the other depending on the image and the recipient. The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of social media exposure and use on the body image, including self-esteem, depression and other psychological conditions. Ti achieves test for the impact of social media impact on the body image, secondary sources and interview will be used to collect the appropriate information that will be analyzed using qualitative and quantitative methods. The result will reveal whether the social media use has a negative or positive impact on the body image. Introduction The pictures we view in social media impact differently on our body images positively and negatively depending on the image perceived.

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Facebook, on the other hand, is prominent, despite just sharing the image, the user can share the image with friends through tagging, it also allows commenting on the image and thus viewers can share their concerns and interest on the image. Beautiful images tend to attract more viewers and thus more comments. The images viewed in these social media, however, have varied impacts on the viewers and the posters as examined in the proceeding section. The body image influenced or affected by the social media here means an attitude the social media user adopt after seeing someone's photo or mental picture of himself/herself. The negative body image influenced by the social media use may result in low self-esteem and depression besides other mental complications.

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Time spent on Facebook reduces the family time and social interaction with the family thereby increasing the feeling of loneliness and depression not only to the social media user, but also people around them. Moreno et al. (2011) in their study revealed that 25% of the college students disclose depression symptoms in comments they leave on Facebook. This results because they tend to share their personal information more in the social media as opposed to a person. The recent threat in social media use is the cyberbullying that may involve spreading rumors, displaying pictures with no consent and threatening users. Therefore the reference points will be made from the researches conducted from the year 2008 to date. Therefore extensive and comprehensive literature review of the impacts both positive and negative of social media exposure on the body image will aid extracting data usable for the research.

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Where possible, the questionnaires will be used to collect data from the students from a learning institution particularly those addicted or interested in social media use. Data analysis The mixed method will be used to analyze the data collected from secondary sources. These basically include qualitative and quantitative analysis of the data to derive meaningful information out of the raw data from different sources. Similar information can be displayed differently by the sources. During interpretation of the interviews, challenges might be accrued based on the authenticity of the information on the existing interviews; biases might arise depending on the source and type of the information. Based on the limitation posted above, a conclusive remark can be made that, the secondary analysis might not be reflective of the primary data since it is not real-time; some were collected decades ago and won’t reflect the real situation currently.

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Conclusion Social media exposure has a significant effect on the body image of the children, teenagers, and youths in the current society. Of great importance is that the effects are more negative despite having few positive impacts. Journal of Eating Disorders, 3(1), 23. Creswell, J. W. , & Creswell, J. D. , & Addington-Hall, J. Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data: a Valuable Method for Exploring Sensitive Issues with an Elusive Population?. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(4), 335-344. Moreno, M. A. , Young, H. , Gannon, K. E. , & Becker, T. Feeling Bad on Facebook: Depression Disclosures by College Students on a Social Networking Site. , & Paxton, S. J. Media Exposure in Very Young Girls: Prospective and Cross-sectional Relationships with BMIz, Self- esteem and Body Size Stereotypes. Developmental psychology, 53(12), 2356. Wilson, R. Tourism Management Perspectives, 10, 27-36.

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