Teen girls spending more time on social media, posting their weight-loss progress selfies, are more likely to be dissatisfied with their bodies and have low self-esteem, a new study has found.
Researchers at the New Flinders University...found conversations about appearance were "intensified" on social media, and were more influential because they involved peers.
...Although 80 per cent of the girls surveyed were classified as normal weight, 46 per cent said they were dissatisfied with how much they weighed. "Time spent on social network sites was related to lower self-esteem, body-esteem, sense of identity and higher depression," researcher Amy Slater said.
Young girls seeking affirmation via social media were "setting themselves up for negative mental health outcomes", social commentator Melinda Tankard Reist said. "They feel they have to be on display. We live in a culture that rewards exhibitionism (and) everyone is judged on their physical appearance," Reist said.
Experts believe social media has a more powerful influence on teenage girls than traditional media because it is so pervasive and interactive.
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