Social media abuse of plus-sized models encourages women to be abusive

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A new study finds that women are more likely to leave negative comments on a plus-size model’s social media image if they’ve already received negative comments.

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Researchers conducted an experiment among 92 female Australian university students who were shown four Facebook photos of plus-size models. Each photo was accompanied by five comments that were either positive, negative or neutral. The students were then asked to leave their anonymous comments.

Women exposed to negative comments were found to be more likely to leave negative comments – and visa versa with respect to positive comments. Only four percent of those who saw positive comments decided to leave a negative comment, while 40 percent of those who saw a negative comment were influenced to leave a negative comment.

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“User comments attached to images on social media can significantly affect how we behave (and comment on) in the online space. If we see a negative comment, we are more likely to leave a negative comment ourselves. have,’ explained Daniel Talbot, an author of the study Cypost.

While it is not clear why people would be more inclined to leave negative comments after being exposed to others, it is speculated that this may be due to social norms being followed online, or that such messages to other people. Leaving watch makes users feel more comfortable posting their own. , truth, feelings – despite what is forbidden in other situations.

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However, it was also found that most people left positive comments under all circumstances. After talking to the participants after the experiment ended, it was also found that viewing images of plus-size models resulted in an increase in generally positive mood and a decline in body dissatisfaction. This was found without looking at positive or negative comments.

“The main thing is that we have an innate drive to compare our own bodies with the bodies of others, and this includes the bodies depicted on social media. This comparison can have a positive effect on our mood, and the way We feel about our bodies, if the bodies we see represent more realistic body types,” Talbot said.

The impact that social media, and Facebook-owned Instagram in particular, has had on young women has drawn criticism from the company recently. A Wall Street Journal investigation found that “thirty-two percent of teenage girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” according to internal research conducted by Facebook.

“Teenagers blame Instagram for increasing rates of anxiety and depression. This response was unpublished and consistent across all groups.”

The report follows several stories about Facebook’s knowledge of the implications for its algorithms and app design. In January 2019, teenager Molly Russell committed suicide, with her father accusing the app of “helping kill” his daughter. Instagram said it would ban self-harming graphic images from the app a week later, but is still making a version of its app for children under the age of 13.

Talbot said that while young children, being “constantly exposed to social media content”, may see an effect on their perception of ideal or ‘acceptable’ body type, that possibility needs to be researched in the future, with As well as effect adult males.

one in blog post About this of the Wall Street Journal Conclusion, Instagram said: “Social media is not inherently good or bad for people. Many people find it helpful one day, and problematic the next. What matters most is how people use social media.” How do they do it, and what is their state of mind when they use it.

“Many people said that Instagram makes things better or has no effect, but some, especially those who were already feeling down, said that Instagram can make things worse. Researched In the world, this is not surprising or unexpected. Issues like negative social comparisons and anxiety exist in the world, so they will continue to exist on social media as well. That doesn’t change the fact that we take these findings seriously, and we This research has set up a unique effort to respond and change Instagram for the better.”

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