Stylist: Comparison culture is worse than ever during lockdown. Why?

Stylist: Comparison culture is worse than ever during lockdown. Why?. “Despite finding ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic, our desire to compare ourselves to the people we follow on social media and interact with online is stronger than ever. But why is this? And what, if anything, can we do about it?”

Salon: A new Instagram meme is actually good for your body image, study says

Salon: A new Instagram meme is actually good for your body image, study says. “A new study from Australian researchers published in the journal New Media & Society tested the theory that clearly marking edited photos as fake might mitigate the negative thoughts that emerge from the comparison process. In the study, 305 U.S. women between the ages of 18 to 30 were randomly assigned to view one of three sets of Instagram images: ‘Instagram vs reality’ images, the ‘ideal[ized]’ photo alone, or the ‘real’ photo alone.”

TechCrunch: Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts

TechCrunch: Now Facebook says it may remove Like counts. “Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users’ from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship. Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries including Canada and Brazil, showing a post’s audience just a few names of mutual friends who’ve Liked it instead of the total number.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image. “While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. Apps such as Snapchat and others offer users photographic filters that change their look. In China, where Niu is originally from, apps similar to this are used even more heavily than they are in the United States.”

EurekAlert: Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships

EurekAlert: Facebook can help college students with lower confidence build relationships. “Facebook can help first-semester college students maintain relationships with high school friends and assist them in creating new friendships, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. When it comes to making new friends, those with higher confidence in their social skills have less to gain from relying on Facebook, while people with lower confidence in their social skills have more to gain from a reliance on the social media platform.”

New York Times: What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?

New York Times: What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?. “Following years of increasing scrutiny, leaders at each company seem to be gathering around the same small solution: adjusting or eliminating metrics. This would represent a notable turn for services so strongly identified with public, comparable and newly valuable numbers. It also raises the question: If this is their solution, what do these people think is the problem?”

The Scotsman: Holyrood advisory group to examine links between body image anxiety and social media

The Scotsman: Holyrood advisory group to examine links between body image anxiety and social media. “A new group will advise the Scottish Government on how to promote and achieve a healthy body image to help tackle Scotland’s mental health crisis. The advisory group – whose members have not yet been announced – will look at links between social media use and body image issues.”