According to a recent survey conducted by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, Facebook may be yet another source of our body image problems.
Wanting to take a close look at Facebook behavior, The Center commissioned a public survey to examine how social media is influencing body image and hyper-awareness of body size. Of the 600 respondents surveyed (ages 16 to 40), 51 percent reported that seeing photos of themselves and others on Facebook makes them more conscious of their body and weight. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they feel sad when comparing Facebook photos of themselves to their friends’ photos. And 37 percent said they felt they needed to change specific parts of their body when comparing their bodies to friends’ bodies in photos.
The end result of all this comparison, says Dr. Steven Crawford, Associate Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, is an online atmosphere that normalizes an obsession with weight, size and appearance. He says that Facebook, compared with other forms of media, can be particularly impactful on your self-esteem because of the immediacy and constant accessibility of it. “Even when you are by yourself or home alone, you have hundreds of Facebook friends (and their photos) online, perhaps creating constant access for comparing yours