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Research + News | Topic: Body Image
Jun 10, 2022
BeReal App Is Instagram’s Next Rival For Teens
BeReal asks users to post one candid unedited photo a day. It can’t be “liked” or shared. There are no algorithms or ads. And teens are increasingly choosing a feed that is intentionally boring. Listen to the report here.
Apr 7, 2022
Selfie Distortions Lead To Increase In Nose Job Requests, New Study Finds
Smartphone selfies distort the appearance of facial features, leading to more cosmetic surgery inquiries, researchers say. Read the article here.
Mar 7, 2022
What Is ‘Bigorexia’?
A social media diet of perfect bodies is spurring some teenage boys to form muscle dysmorphia. Read the article here.
Feb 3, 2022
Social Media Filters Are Changing How Young People See Themselves
This article is part of a series of articles from Teen Vogue exploring how social media impacts mental health. Read the article here.
Jan 6, 2022
TikTok Content May Be Promoting An Unhealthy Standard Of Living For Adolescents
Eating disorders among teenagers have been linked more recently to TikTok, as users post content daily consisting of what they eat in a day or the methods they use to lose weight, especially within the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article here.
Dec 15, 2021
What Teen Girls Wish Parents Knew About Instagram
What do teen girls wish grown-ups (particularly their parents) really knew about Instagram? And what advice do they have for kids just starting out on the app? Read the article here.
Nov 23, 2021
The Dangerous Experiment On Teen Girls
The preponderance of the evidence suggests that social media is causing real damage to adolescents. Read the article here.
Oct 18, 2021
‘It Spreads Like A Disease’: How Pro-Eating-Disorder Videos Reach Teens On TikTok
Although the platform bans content promoting dangerous weight loss, hashtags such as #skinnycheck can still be found. Read the article here.
Oct 13, 2021
‘She Opens The App And Gets Bombarded’: Parents On Instagram, Teens And Eating Disorders
Mothers describe their daughters’ dangerous experiences after whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony. Read the article here.
Oct 7, 2021
Facebook Knows Instagram Is Harming Teens. But Is Anything Going To Change?
In Facebook’s own internal research, one-third of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse. Read the article here.