The Effects Of Media On Children 's Body Image Essay

1709 Words Nov 11th, 2016 7 Pages
According to ‘JustSayYes.org’, “teen girls are more afraid of gaining weight than they are of cancer, nuclear war, or losing a parent” (Strickland). The constant desire amongst young women of being thin and losing weight is disturbing and all too common. This craving of thinness stems from a lot of factors, but a largely prominent one especially in our technologically advanced youth is social media. The instant access to other user’s profiles and photos can aid in the development of mental illnesses such as depression, eating disorders, and lowered self-confidence and self-esteem. According to a survey I conducted of 23 young women, aged 18-24, 100% of them agreed that yes, the media does have an effect on a person’s body image. The constant comparison to others and their online looks affects young men and women everyday across the world. The associations from these images that individuals create have the possibility to lead to physical, mental, and emotional side effects that come with the use of social media.

The Issue
“How many likes did you get?” “No don’t post that I look awful” “I’m taking this down I didn’t get enough likes” are some of the most common phrases amongst young women and their daily struggle of posting photos on social media. From January of 2013 to June 2016, users of Instagram have increased by 410 million, now reaching nearly 500 million users (“Instagram”). This increased use of social media and photo platforms by young adults and celebrities…

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