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A quick look at how social media influences self-image in today's society.

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Film 260 Flipbook

  1. 1. Social Media and Self -Image By Julia McCann
  2. 2. What is body image? “Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes others perceive them. This image is affected by family, friends, social pressure, and the media”
  3. 3. “Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and result to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape…Unfortunately, only 5% of women possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media”
  4. 4. In a poll by the University of West England, 80.7% of men talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image or perceived flaws. Sadly, 38% of men would sacrifice at least a year of their life for the perfect image. -Denis Campbell, Health Correspondent, “Body Image Concerns More Men than women, Research Finds”
  5. 5. Understanding these surprising statistics, mass media campaigns have recently been used as a platform for sending a positive message to people about body image and individuality.
  6. 6. From expressing style, art, passions, goals or skills, social media tools can act as an outlet of expressionism and individuality
  7. 7. The transparency of the internet theoretically encourages creativity and individualism in the posts made and online identities created. The access to millions of people has created an opportunity for the possibility of more friendships that surpass geographical boundaries.
  8. 8. “The Selfie” is becoming a prominent photo in Uploads on social media websites…
  9. 9. "It's how we define ourselves, and present for others to see. We rely on others perceptions, judgements and appraisals to develop our social self” -Christine Erickson "The sosical Physchology of the Selfie” "The Selfie is important and not always used in a narcissistic way"
  10. 10. “Whether we’re creating a screen name or avatar for ourselves, or broadcasting that the bar or coffee shop down the street is one of our frequent hangouts, we are inevitably telling those around us something about who we are as individuals.” The Selfie and other uploads create a projection of ones’ self image -Lindsay Graham, “From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping our Online Communications”
  11. 11. “The “looking-glass self” is a psychological concept that suggests we develop our sense of self based on the perceptions of those we interact with” “How we see ourselves in the mirror versus a regular photo is different. The mirror shows a reverse view, but also shows you alive and with movement” -Dr. Pamela Rutledge, “The Social Psychology of the Selfie”
  12. 12. The societal obsession with perfectionism contorts the purpose of posting photos and actually adds to the negativity and pressure surrounding body image The societal obsession with perfectionism twists the purpose of posting photos and instead adds increased feelings of negativity and pressure surrounding body image
  13. 13. Social media forums allow an opportunity for positive or negative self- reinforcement. Unfortunately, negativity is a common trend on different media websites
  14. 14. Cyber bullying is becoming a societal epidemic.
  15. 15. “51% of all teens have had a negative experience with social networking…Where educators consider cyberbullying as big an issue as smoking or drugs”… -Ipos Reid 2011 Survey of Canadian Teenagers; Pew 2007
  16. 16. “Some statistics indicate that as many as 160,000 students a year skip school just to avoid being harassed, and texting and social media are making it easier than ever to harass classmates” -Society for Personality and Social Psychology, “From Bullying to Relationships: Mapping our Online Communications”
  17. 17. “Victims of internet bullying have no refuge. Victims may continuously be harassed via SMS and websites, and the information spreads very quickly and may be difficult to remove” -Anne Frisen, “Tough Broads overfed Trolls?: Tackling Cyber Bullies” Professor of psychology Anne Frisen researches how cyberbullying influences issues surrounding body image and identity development
  18. 18. Are there any solutions?
  19. 19. According to John Mendel, the operators of Twitter and Facebook have as much responsibility for stamping out cyberbullying as the individuals who write the offensive posts
  20. 20. Facebook’s Mission Statement is “to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected” -Facebook website Other social media websites do not have a mission statement… Society should support this mandate surrounding openness and connectedness and use these tools to our benefit and what they were made for. -M.G.
  21. 21. Credits All images from Flickr Creative Commons more-than-women overfed-trolls-tackling-cyber- bullies/ http://bodyim may-be-an-important-factor-for-tuesdays-class-3/ ne.communications than-women