Project Title

Social Media Effects on Body Image

Presenter Hometown

Mt. Vernon

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Richard Osbaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Low body image, low body satisfaction, and eating order idealization have become epidemic in our country. The prevalence of body dissatisfaction in the United States is approximately 72% for women and this number appears to be rising. Our research aims to reveal the extent that social media affects body image. To answer this question, we conducted a meta-analysis that analyzed 16 studies located through the use of PsycInfo database when searching “social media” and “body image”. We coded these studies and calculated the effect size that media had on body image. The results showed that the overall effect size was moderately negative (d = -0.35), meaning social media had a negative impact on body image and that it most greatly affected adolescents between the ages of 13 and 16 with d = - 0.93. This study provides insight to how the different types of media we use today can affect body image.

Presentation format

Poster

Poster Number

084

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Social Media Effects on Body Image

Low body image, low body satisfaction, and eating order idealization have become epidemic in our country. The prevalence of body dissatisfaction in the United States is approximately 72% for women and this number appears to be rising. Our research aims to reveal the extent that social media affects body image. To answer this question, we conducted a meta-analysis that analyzed 16 studies located through the use of PsycInfo database when searching “social media” and “body image”. We coded these studies and calculated the effect size that media had on body image. The results showed that the overall effect size was moderately negative (d = -0.35), meaning social media had a negative impact on body image and that it most greatly affected adolescents between the ages of 13 and 16 with d = - 0.93. This study provides insight to how the different types of media we use today can affect body image.