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Does Facebook Make You Feel Fat?
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt found half of Facebook users surveyed reported being more conscious of their weight and bodies after viewing Facebook photos, and one-third said they were sad after looking at photos, sparking concern the site may foster unhealthy body images.”Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else,” said Dr. Harry Brandt, director of The Center for Eating Disorders. “In this age of modern technology and constant access to smartphones and the Internet, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove themselves from images and other triggers that promote negative body image, low self-esteem and may ultimately contribute to eating disorders.”The study matches other research about Facebook’s psychological fallout, emphasizing users’ ability to peek into the lives of others often promotes constant comparison and causes negative thoughts.