We do it a couple times a day, the good ol’ Facebook News Feed scan. We
want to see what our friends are up to, make sure our exes haven’t suddenly
changed their relationship statuses, check out new pictures and like silly
things. But all that time we’re spending flicking through others’ lives might
just be negatively effecting our own.
study confirms that looking at Facebook—particularly other friends’
pictures—can make you more self-critical. Scientists quizzed 881 college-age
women about their social media activities and how they feel about themselves
and, more particularly, their bodies. The more time women spent on Facebook,
the more likely they were to report that they spend a lot of time thinking
about their physical appearance. They were also more likely to feel badly about
themselves after seeing another’s pictures.
The good news is that time spent on Facebook in no way equated to
eating disorders, scientists found. The thing to remember about social media in
general and Facebook especially is that all of your friends post only the very
best things. Photos are filtered and tagged only if they’re particularly
flattering. When you scan through your News Feed, you’re seeing a curated view
of someone’s life, not the reality.
Do you spend a lot of time on
Facebook? Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
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