Can Facebook Use Patterns Predict Disordered Eating?
the MPR take:
A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found a small but significant association between general Facebook use and disordered eating. 960 female college students were given an eating attitudes test and then reported their time spent on Facebook each week. 84 women from that study were then recruited for a second study. Participants who put more importance on comments received on their status and photos and on receiving "likes" on their status were more likely to have higher disordered eating scores. Those who untagged themselves from photos and who spent time comparing their photos to others were considered at greatest risk.
Young women who placed importance on comments and likes, and regularly untagged photos of themselves, were at greater risk Problem: Posting photos on Facebook allows us to present an idealized version of our lives, our dinners well-plated, our friends always smiley. As a new study published in ...
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