A facebook study: Does high levels of facebook use increase body shape concern and anxiety levels in women?

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Brophy, Stephanie
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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The issues surrounding Facebook today are some that have serious implications to the physical and mental health of men and women who use the social media sharing platform. Society today exemplifies the perfect body ideal, which is bombarded upon us through the mass media. The constant need to update our profile page or share pictures online is overcoming the need to interact with one another on a personal basis. Many forms of social interaction on a human level are falling behind in favour of online interaction. AIM: The aim of this research is to study the impact of Facebook use in relation to body shape concern and anxiety levels in women. METHOD: Quantitative method was used in this study. Results from 212 women over the age of 18 were used in this study. RESULTS: It was found that within this cohort of women, they did not have body shape concern or anxiety related to increased levels of Facebook use. CONCLUSION: The women analysed within this study reported Facebook was not a factor in their body shape concern or anxiety levels.