How Facebook Contributes To Eating Disorders

Health & Family

In order to figure out how Facebook affects young girls’ sense of body image, researchers from American University in Washington D.C. asked 103 adolescent girls to complete 20-30 minute surveys over the course of a week. The girls were asked about their Facebook usage as well as  about their body image.

(MORE: Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself)

They found that the type of information the girls accessed on the site, in addition to how long they spent on Facebook, had the greatest influence on how they felt about themselves afterward.

In the study published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the scientists assessed how frequently the girls used specific Facebook features, such as “create an event,” or “view friends’ photos of themselves” by asking the participants to rate their typical use for each of the features on a 5-point scale from 1 for “almost never…

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