'Selfie' internet craze bad for women's self-esteem, study suggests
Researchers found that the more girls were exposed to 'selfies' on social media, the less positive they felt about their own appearances.
Spending too much time on Facebook may take its toll on young women's self-esteem, particularly how they feel about their body, according to a new study.
Researchers at Strathclyde University, who teamed up with experts in the United States, found that the more girls were exposed to "selfies" and other photographs on social media, the less positive they felt about their own appearances.
The research is the first study to establish a link between excessive use of social media to poor body image.
The University of Strathclyde, Ohio University and University of Iowa surveyed a total of 881 female college students as part of their research.
Dr Petya Eckler, from the University of Strathclyde, said: "While time spent on Facebook had no relation to eating disorders, it did predict worse body image among participants
"As experts in the field know, poor body image can gradually lead to developing an unhealthy relationship with food. More than 850 college students were asked about their body image, Facebook use and routine for eating and exercising. The site could be more damaging to self-esteem than traditional media such as TV and magazines, according to the report.
"Participants in social media are people we know. These comparisons are more relevant and hit closer to home, yet they may be just as unrealistic."
This study is due to be presented at the 64th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Seattle.
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