PsyPost: Psychology experts urge social media giants to increase transparency around algorithms to protect users’ mental health

PsyPost: Psychology experts urge social media giants to increase transparency around algorithms to protect users’ mental health. “In a new article published in the journal Body Image, a team of psychology researchers outline a mountain of evidence linking social media use to body image issues. The researchers describe how algorithms may be intensifying this link and urge social media corporations to take action.”

Flinders University: Instagram pressure rising

Flinders University: Instagram pressure rising. “Flinders University body image experts are urging all Instagram users to apply a more conscious ‘filter’ to monitor their health and fitness posts. The researchers say people who follow in the footsteps of high-profile social media influencers and upload regular #fitspo and #cleaneating Instagram posts may be placing increased pressure on girls and women, as the posts may exacerbate bad feelings about themselves and their bodies.”

Mashable: It’s time to rethink how you speak to young people about their bodies

Mashable: It’s time to rethink how you speak to young people about their bodies. “Elyse Myers has a message for the adults scrolling TikTok: Find better ways to address young people about their physical appearance. Or better yet, don’t talk about it at all. In a recent viral video, the 28-year-old creator shared her own struggles with negative body image after a passing comment made by an adult in seventh grade. It’s invited people, women in particular, to share stories about the staying power of an adult’s comments on a young person’s body, and is a lesson in how to appropriately teach kids about confidence and respect.”

CNN: Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts

CNN: Instagram promoted pages glorifying eating disorders to teen accounts. “Proof that Instagram is not only failing to crack down on accounts promoting extreme dieting and eating disorders, but actively promotes those accounts, comes as Instagram and its parent company Facebook (FB) are facing intense scrutiny over the impact they have on young people’s mental health.”

NewsWise: Cameras, not meetings, cause Zoom fatigue

NewsWise: Cameras, not meetings, cause Zoom fatigue. “In the post-pandemic world, a few things have become ubiquitous: masks, hand sanitizer and Zoom fatigue, or the feeling of being worn out after a long day of virtual meetings. But new research from a team led by University of Georgia psychologist Kristen Shockley suggests that it’s not the meetings causing the fatigue—it’s the camera.”

CNET: Facebook’s own research shows Instagram is harmful to teens, report says

CNET: Facebook’s own research shows Instagram is harmful to teens, report says. “In studies conducted over the past three years, Facebook researchers have found that Instagram is ‘harmful for a sizable percentage’ of young users, particularly teenage girls, reported The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Research presented in 2019 reportedly found that Instagram makes body image issue worse for one in three teen girls. In focus group and online surveys done by the company, teens also apparently said Instagram increased rates of anxiety and depression, reported the Journal.”

‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way (The Conversation)

The Conversation: ‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way. “My ongoing research, coupled with other media reports, indicates an opportunity for anacoaches has risen in the past few years. My analysis showed that on Twitter alone there are about 300 unique requests for anacoaches around the world daily. Anacoaches operate on numerous channels, including established social platforms such as Twitter, TikTok, Tumblr, and Kik. Despite this, these platforms haven’t addressed the problem.”

NPR: Pinterest Bans All Weight Loss Ads

NPR: Pinterest Bans All Weight Loss Ads. “Pinterest is saying goodbye to weight loss ads. It’s banning them altogether, becoming the first major social platform to do so. The National Eating Disorders Association guided Pinterest in updating its policy as searches for healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and fitness tips grew within the past year.”

BuzzFeed News: Six Trans People Talk About Their Pandemic Bodies

BuzzFeed News: Six Trans People Talk About Their Pandemic Bodies. “That said, not everyone is experiencing positive or affirming changes to their gender because of the conditions created by the pandemic, especially those who feel most affirmed within their communities. Still, many people are taking time to think more deeply about their gender and how it plays out in the world at large, whether that means not shaving for a prolonged period of time, choosing different clothing, or adjusting their pronouns in their Zoom window. I opened my inbox to people who are experiencing changes in their gender during the pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.”

The Verge: TikTok is cracking down on weight loss ads that promote ‘harmful’ body images

The Verge: TikTok is cracking down on weight loss ads that promote ‘harmful’ body images. “TikTok is putting new restrictions on weight loss ads as the app increasingly comes under criticism for promoting dangerous diets. The new policy bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements. It also puts increased restrictions on other weight loss-related ads, like limiting ads for ‘weight management products’ to users over 18 years old and not allowing those ads to ‘promote a negative body image or negative relationship with food.’”