Does Tumblr Have a Negative Impact on an Adolescent Girls Psychological Wellbeing

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Does Tumblr have a negative impact on an adolescent girls psychological wellbeing.

Antoinette Capili

Since the grand opening of the renowned blogging website, Tumblr in 2007, there has been an overwhelming “15 billion page views a month” 1. From this time on, Tumblr has played a significant role in shaping an individual’s identity and personality towards themselves and society. The Tumblr environment has remarkably transformed the perspectives of adolescents’ own appearance and is one of the main contributors for the desire of teenagers to conform and stick to what is supposedly the norm of the status quo. It has since had a negative impact on girls psychologically. This report will discuss the images of quotes, types of blogs,
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As “Thinspo” is becoming a larger part of the Tumblr society the negative impact becomes greater on teenage girls as these blogs negatively motivate and inspire girls to become “Thinspo” material. Although its not just “Thinspo” blogs which can have a negative impact on a girls psychological well-being. Pro- Anorexia “Favoring or encouraging the eating disorder of anorexia” 7 has become a common subculture in the Tumblr Society. Posts of “stick thin girls grabbing their stomachs with visible ribs and collar bones” 8 or . These images bring a concern to the wellbeing of adolescent girls. Adolescent girls “Aspire to be like that” images like these become their motivation with the help of other “Fasting buddies” 9 who encourage one another not to eat. But theres more. As ProAnorexia posts are very common on Tumblr, individuals who use tumblr will begin to think this is a norm thus incorporating this into their micro world.

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