Social media and body image concerns: further considerations and broader perspectives

Williams,RJ and Ricciardelli,LA 2014, Social media and body image concerns: further considerations and broader perspectives, Sex roles, vol. 71, no. 11-12, pp. 389-392, doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0429-x.

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Title Social media and body image concerns: further considerations and broader perspectives
Author(s) Williams,RJ
Ricciardelli,LAORCID iD for Ricciardelli,LA
Journal name Sex roles
Volume number 71
Issue number 11-12
Start page 389
End page 392
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2014-12
ISSN 0360-0025
Keyword(s) Body image concerns
Mass media
Social media
Summary In this paper we provide a commentary on Perloff’s theoretical perspectives and agenda for research that examines the effects of social media on young women’s body image concerns. Social media are the main form of mass media being used by the youth of today, and researchers in the U.S. and Australia have commenced studying how these may be affecting body image concerns. However, the processes underlying how social media may influence young people’s body image appear to be no different from underlying other forms of mass media. Research is needed to more fully evaluate youth’s experiences of online appearance culture and how this may foster both negative and positive peer interactions. We also need more studies which compare the influences on social media with other media forms as there is no clear evidence that social networking sites and other forms of social media are more detrimental to one’s body image than other forms of media. We also consider factors that may protect young people from internalizing appearance ideals that are promoted by the mass media. In addition, we consider broader conceptualizations of body image so that a wider range of human experiences can be studied.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11199-014-0429-x
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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