Adolescent Body Image. Historically, Adolescent Liked Their

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Adolescent Body Image Historically, adolescent liked their bodies and appreciated the many things it could do. However, on the way to adulthood, doubts and insecurities may have crept in. Instead of admiring the many capabilities their body could do, they began to castigate its looks. In an atmosphere where many adolescents are exposed to different thin-ideal online ads, magazines, and in general social media, one can understand the struggle that many adolescents undergo. After conducting much research the issue that will be addressed in this research paper is the impact of media on body image and weight during adolescent years. Purpose: In the article “Net Girls: The Internet, Facebook, and Body Image Concern in Adolescent Girls”…show more content…
Body scrutiny was tested by The Objectified Body Consciousness Scale-Youth. Lastly, ambition for thinness was tested by the Eating Disorder Inventory (Tiggerman & Slater, 2013). Results/ Conclusion: The results of this study were concise and clear. This study showed a positive correlation between internet exposure and body image concerns among adolescent girls. A staggering 95.9% of adolescents had access to the internet in their home and 43.4% had internet connections in their rooms. The average time spent on the internet was 2 hours per day. The majority of the activities done on the internet was related to thin beauty ideals. Moreover, Facebook, which is a well know social networking site, produced negative body image concerns among adolescents. An overwhelming majority of 75.1% of adolescent girls spent an hour and a half on Facebook. On the other hand, MySpace only had 46.3% with an average time spent of 34.4 minutes a day. Table 1 attested that total time spent on Facebook and MySpace correlated with body image concerns. Furthermore, Table 2 indicates that body image concerns for the Facebook user were much greater in comparison to the non-users. Overall results showed that more time spent on the Internet and specific social networking sites such as, Facebook
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