Among Teenage Girls, Time Spent on Social Media Linked to Lower Self-esteem

by Bidita Debnath on  July 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM Research News
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A new study has revealed that teenage girls, who spend more time on social media, are more likely to be dissatisfied with their bodies and have low self-esteem.
 Among Teenage Girls, Time Spent on Social Media Linked to Lower Self-esteem
Among Teenage Girls, Time Spent on Social Media Linked to Lower Self-esteem
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Researchers from New Flinders University interviewed more than 1000 high school girls and found that conversations about appearance were "intensified" on social media, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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It was found that the conversations were more influential because they involved peers.

The girls who were first interviewed in years 8 and 9 were asked about their social media habits and self-esteem, then again when they were in years 10 and 11.

It was found that by then 90 per cent had a Facebook account, with an average of 475 friends and were uploading pictures of themselves to the internet.

The time they spent on social media also soared from 1 hour 45 minutes a day to 2 and half hours.

Around 46 per cent of the girls surveyed said they were dissatisfied with how much they weighed, although 80 per cent of them were classified as normal weight.

According to social commentator Melinda Tankard Reist, young girls seeking affirmation via social media were "setting themselves up for negative mental health outcomes."

Source: ANI
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