The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt surveyed 600 Facebook users aged between 16 and 40, and found that over half said that seeing photos of themselves and others on Facebook makes them more conscious of their body and weight.
“Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else, says center director Dr Harry Brandt.
“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
In the survey, 51 percent of respondents said that seeing photos of themselves makes them more conscious about their body and weight, with the same number agreeing that they often find themselves comparing their life to that of their friends when they read status updates and see pictures posted.