Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Social Media & Body Image

We've discussed how traditional media can impact our body images negatively. But what about social media? I recently read an article about how Facebook may be contributing to insecurity and body image disorders. Just like any other social setting, the social media world can put pressure on us to strive for "perfection" and maybe even more so. Here is a quote from the article:

“Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else,” Dr. Harry Brandt, director of the Sheppard Pratt center, said in a statement. “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 eating disorders.”

The article also states
, "Facebook appears to be fueling a 'camera ready' mentality among the general public."

Have you felt these types of changes in yourself?

It's time that we stop focusing so much on what we think is wrong with our bodies. Stop for a moment and ask yourself how long it's been since you have gone a day without having a negative body thought or heard someone else vocalize unhappiness with their own appearance? This type of negativity is a waste of precious energy. Life is too short to waste time hating on the only body you'll ever have. Appreciate it, treat it right, and let it carry you through the gift of life with grace and gratitude.

What are your thoughts about social media and body image? Here at Guiltless, we use social media as a way to promote self-love and appreciation, but the article discussed in this post explains how social media can also be used to promote self-hurt. How can we make sure that we're not poisoning our minds with negative thoughts about ourselves? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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