My friend Georgina and fellow blogger has recently written an article called ‘Facebook: Are you Camera Ready?’ on her blog Body Image Issues. In her article she writes about a study at The Center for Eating Disorders in Maryland, which reveals some startling research and statistics about Facebook’s affect on young people and their perceptions of body image.
I think this is a fantastic article and brings to light some important issues about social media and it’s affects on teen’s self esteem. I am a great advocate for social media and sometimes I think I forget there are negative implications for many users. Young people need to know that they need not judge themselves on what they see online and furthermore they should understand it’s not ok to use social media to judge or bully their peers.
Since the Amanda Todd story was broken to the world ,I have felt this is a particularly important issue that needs to be addressed. It horrifies me that cyber-bulling through social networking sites such as Facebook and trolling on Twitter seem to be so prevalent at the moment. Surely this need to judge others must extend from bully’s own inner feelings of inadequacy and self esteem issues?
Her article below is a must read and is certainly an eye-opener as to some of the negative effects Facebook can have on young impressionable minds.
Facebook: Are you Camera Ready?
‘Facebook: Are you camera ready? [Body Image Issues]