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?”

PsychCentral: Social Media Messages to Inspire Exercise May Backfire

PsychCentral: Social Media Messages to Inspire Exercise May Backfire. “A new Australian study suggests an Instagram movement to promote better health is flawed. Researchers discovered the images associated with an online program appear to make many women feel worse about themselves and their bodies rather than inspiring them to exercise.”

BBC: Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram

BBC: Eating disorder used to sell diets on Instagram. “Instagram accounts are using images of a person recovering from an eating disorder to advertise weight loss. The BBC has seen more than 30 accounts using the photos and some of them have more than a million followers.”

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.”

EurekAlert: Social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents

EurekAlert: Social media use and disordered eating in young adolescents . “New research suggests that social media, particularly platforms with a strong focus on image posting and viewing, is associated with disordered eating in young adolescents. In the study, which is published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined data on 996 grade 7 and 8 adolescents.”

Moms: The Pressure For Perfection On Instagram Is Putting People Into Debt

Moms: The Pressure For Perfection On Instagram Is Putting People Into Debt. “It can be easy to look at your Instagram feed and suddenly feel like your life is lacking in some way. Staring at the perfectly curated and filtered feeds of the young and gorgeous enjoying amazing trips while wearing gorgeous clothes and dining at incredibly hip restaurants can leave some feeling like they’re missing out in some way, and that is resulting in many people going into debt.”

Phys .org: Too real, or too fake? Female Instagram influencers in ‘authenticity bind’

Phys. org: Too real, or too fake? Female Instagram influencers in ‘authenticity bind’. “Female Instagram influencers—whose livelihoods depend on their numbers of followers, views and likes—endure criticism and harassment both for being too real and for seeming too fake, according to a new study from Cornell University.”