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Are you addicted to Facebook, waiting to chat with your friend? Beware, as increased time on the social networking site could lead women to negative body images and may further deteriorate into eating disorders later.
Researchers have concluded that more time on Facebook could lead to more negative feelings and more comparisons to bodies of friends.
Health professionals at from Glasgow-based University of Strathclyde, who work in the area of eating disorders and their prevention, now have clear evidence of how social media relates to college women’s body image and eating disorders.
To understand this, the researchers surveyed 881 college women about their Facebook use, eating and exercise habits and body image.
They were able to predict how often women felt negatively about their own bodies after looking at someone else’s photos or posts, and how often women compared their own bodies to those of their friends.
The findings also showed that more time spent on Facebook was associated with more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends.
Poor body image can gradually lead to developing an unhealthy relationship with food.
The attention to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on social media than on traditional media because participants in social media are people we know, researchers cautioned.