BBC: Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram. “The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day. Many were based around fashion or beauty.” Apparently the girl is just about to turn 13, which is Facebook’s minimum for joining its social networks.
ScienceBlog: Surprising Link Between Social Media And Happiness. “People flock to Facebook to see the latest wedding news, vacation photos, new baby arrival, or home purchase. Most people, research indicates, head to their newsfeeds to passively watch and compare, much more often than post their own news or updates. But, it turns out, some of us prefer to look at and compare ourselves to certain types of individuals: those who make us feel better about ourselves. And that, in turn, can lead to an increase in happiness and life satisfaction.”
Bustle: Social Media Posts About Exercise Discourage Many Of Us From Working Out, New Study Finds. “It’s the most common time of year to join a new gym or to commit yourself to fitness routine. The festive period is long gone, and a feeling of determination for the new year is most likely sweeping through most of us. Many of us may feel encouraged by things we see on social media, from motivational quotes to commentaries on how working out can help our mental health as well as our physical health. However, new research has unfortunately suggested that users find social media posts about exercise are more harmful than good, in the majority of cases.”
BBC: Instagram tightens eating disorder filters after BBC investigation. “Instagram has placed more hashtags which could promote eating disorders on an ‘unsearchable’ list after a BBC investigation found that users were finding ways around the platform’s filters.”
Ubergizmo: Selfies Are Apparently Driving Cosmetic Surgery Requests. “Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Instagram introducing various filters that we can apply during our selfies to make ourselves look silly, look beautiful, and so on, it seems to have created a side-effect which is that it is apparently driving requests from teens for cosmetic surgery that will make them look as good as their selfies.”
Mashable: Upholding my online identity gives me so much anxiety. “Social media is a sound bite, a snapshot. You get to show neatly manicured moments without the burden of life’s small talk and unflattering angles. Unfortunately, this presents a problem for our real selves. How can we not feel like failures compared to those other versions of ourselves?” I find being just as foolish and goofy on social media as I am in real life helps.
UPI: Study: Excessive social media use could harm female self-esteem. “Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest may not be good for women’s self-esteem, a new study suggests. Women are less likely to be happy with their bodies if they spend more than an hour a day on social media, the findings showed.”