Exploring the perceptions of social media through the eyes of those with and without eating disorders (2017)

Description: Selina Hussain recently involved First Steps in her research project. Selina’s work highlighted the following:

1) Extensive amount of research has found social media to have a negative influence on an individual’s mental wellbeing through negative self-evaluation.

2) Results found that there were 7 fundamental factors influencing one’s self-perception and mental wellbeing: Social Media Interactions, Emotional Responses Associated with Social Media, Media Portrayal, Life Experiences, Understanding Eating Disorder Symptomology, Personal Experiences of Eating Disorders and Identified Personality Attributes.

3) The study supported that of previous studies which demonstrated that social media has a negative impact on one’s self-perception and mental-wellbeing, contributing to the development and maintenance of eating disordered behaviour.

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