Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Women into Facebook less likely to compare bodies

According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, women who are invested in Facebook and have lots of Facebook friends are less concerned with body size and shape and are less likely to compare their bodies to their friends' bodies.

In the study, 128 college-aged women completed an online survey aimed at discovering disordered eating. They were asked such things as did they worry about diet pills, vomiting after meals, or going on fasts.

They also delved into the women's Facebooking--did they post a picture of themselves to get their friends to post a body picture. Apparently few did.

Having a good social support system--even on Facebook--seemed to tamp down negative body feelings.

So much for the theory that being on social media contributes to a bad body image.

Personally--and this is anedotal--I know women who go on Facebook to see if their peers look old. More particularly--older than they do!

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