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Social Media And Self Image

When Selfie-Improvement Apps Go Too Far

For a long time, parents have discouraged kids from comparing the way they look to celebrities, models or even to their friends. But today's teens can't help but idealize their own carefully-selected and perfected photos....

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Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'M A Model.

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Girls And Body Image

Did you know? "Body image" definition: one's perceptions, feelings, and behaviors toward one's body What's the issue? Our media and culture are obsessed with women's looks. Magazines have weekly features such as "Body Watch" that critici...

Generation Like – Frontline

Are You What You “Like”? Even if we don’t realize it, most of us make decisions about social media every day. In the lead-up to “Generation Like,” FRONTLINE asked you to share how you use social and how it’s affecting your lives. Alissa Quart: ...

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Beauty Redefined: How Self-Objectification Hurts Girls And Women

Most girls and women feel negatively about their bodies and are fixated on their appearance much of the time -- often without even being aware of it. This pr...

Photoshopping: Altering Images And Our Minds

Photoshopping, digital alteration, image manipulation, blah blah blah. Everyone talks about the fact that so many images of women are “perfected” with the help of technology, but we can’t just toss it aside as a non-issue everyone already knows ab...

Body Image: Introduction | Mediasmarts

It has been documented in children as young as three [1], but it is adolescents who appear to be most at risk for developing unhealthy attitudes towards their bodies based on this perception. At a time where young people are focused on developing ...

Body Image – Girls | Mediasmarts

Why are these impossible standards of beauty being imposed on girls, the majority of whom look nothing like the models that are being presented to them? The causes, some analysts say, are economic: by presenting a physical ideal that is difficult ...

Body Image – Boys | Mediasmarts

Cultural expectations that guys have to be nonchalant when it comes to their physiques makes body dissatisfaction in boys more difficult to assess, but there is little doubt they are affected by media representations of idealized masculinity. In a...

Body Image – Toys | Mediasmarts

Perhaps the most famous example of a media product that creates a distorted body image in women is the Barbie doll. One of the best-selling toys of all time (Jill Barad, president of the doll’s manufacturer Mattel, has estimated that 99 per cent o...

Body Image – Music | Mediasmarts

Consequently, we would expect youth to take representations of body shape found in imagery associated with music (videos, album covers, interviews with musicians, and so on) very seriously, and research has supported this: one study found that jus...

Body Image – Film And Tv | Mediasmarts

An example of this is the TV series , one of the most successful series of the 1990s and still frequently run in syndication. Researchers found that watching a ten-minute segment of the show had a negative effect on how satisfied young women were ...

Body Image – Advertising And Magazines | Mediasmarts

In addition to the content, images of women’s – and, increasingly, men’s – bodies in magazines also send messages. There has been a progression towards thinner and thinner models in ads and magazines: twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8 ...

Body Image – The Internet And Video Games | Mediasmarts

Video Games are among the most popular online activities. The most successful are those aimed at young children, such as , but these online environments are popular with older children as well: in 2010 nearly half a billion youth ages 10 to 15 use...

Body Image – Photo Manipulation | Mediasmarts

As photo manipulation tools have become more widely available and easier to use, youth have begun turning to them to modify their own photos to meet media-created ideals of thinness and perfection. Retouching photos in this way raises a number ...

Media Education And Body Image | Mediasmarts

A meta-study of programs that have been designed to help youth deal with body image and eating disorders has shown that media education is one of the most successful strategies for dealing with these issues. [2] Similarly, an evaluation of a media...

Talking To Kids About Media And Body Image - Tip Sheet | Mediasmarts

Children are exposed to many unrealistic images of both men’s and women’s bodies through media. TV shows, music videos, ads, movies, video games, and even social networks can communicate ideas about what their bodies “should” look like. Techniques...

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Parenting - Digital Parenting | 6-18y

Social Media And Self Image

Anusha RamAnusha Ram
Selfies affecting image