Is Facebook related with eating disorders?

Most girls, around the globe, spend lots of hours observing pictures of other people or their own on Facebook. These girls are more likely to develop a bad image for their body, which can lead to the onset of eating disorders, as experts warn. As experts explain, the problem is not the total time spent through social networking, but the time that they spend looking at pictures. Researchers at the American University in Washington analyzed the use made from ​​103 teenagers on Facebook, and the answers given in a psychological test designed to examine the image of the body and found out that girls who looked at pictures most of the time spent on the screen, they increased the believe that they have more extra weight or the wrong body type.

Facebook & Eating disorders

Facebook & Eating disorders

The erroneous image of the body can lead to anorexia and other eating disorders. As explained in the article of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, this is true even if the girls were healthy and physically fit. They emphasize, that many teens choose the conversation through Facebook and prefer to see the digital image of the other, which can be misleading. On the other hand, a real, face to face communication is likely to give a different impression.

Facebook & Eating disorders

Facebook & Eating disorders

By Nicole P.

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