Now Trending: Is There a Link between Social Media and Eating Disorders?

Is There a Link Between Social Media and Eating Disorders?

Social media is more popular than ever, especially among young people. But is there a link between social media and eating disorders? Learn more here.

 

Social media is hard to ignore. With a growing number of social media platforms available to discover, more and more people are spending hours each day staring at mobile devices.

Believe it or not, this is having a significant impact on the quality of life for millions of users. After all, the content posted on social media can cause a variety of psychological issues like depression and anxiety. Can it also cause eating disorders? 

Let's take a look at social media and eating disorders to see if there's a link between the two.

Now Trending: Is There a Link between Social Media and Eating Disorders?

Social media is more popular than ever, especially among young people. But is there a link between social media and eating disorders? Read on to learn more.
 
Who Uses Social Media?

In order to understand how social media might contribute to eating disorders, it's important to first look at social media users.

The numbers tell a significant story. 88% of people who are 18-29 years old use some form of social media. And a recent study by the National Eating Disorder Association showed a link between body image concerns in women of 18-25 who frequented viewed "fitspirational" images on Instagram.

Each year the number of users on social media continues to grow. Americans spend at least two hours each day online, exposing their minds to unrealistic ideas of beauty, resulting in a variety of psychological issues.

Comparison 

Social media makes it very easy for users to judge themselves against the highlights of other people's lives. It's an environment where success and happiness are very much on display, regardless of the reality behind such content.

These images are unrealistic and often fabricated in order to promote what other users want the world to believe about their lives.
 
Comparing ourselves to our perception of others is a toxic habit that leads to low self-esteem and distorted self-image, especially in the rapidly growing world of eating disorders and hashtags.

Triggers

Many social media users find themselves triggered by the unhealthy amount of time they spend on social media platforms. This is unhealthy for a number of reasons and often results in destructive personal behavior. These triggers can be reduced or eliminated by limiting exposure to social media content.

Another type of trigger can be caused by comparing the number of "likes" a user might receive for a given post. If a young woman posts a selfie in hopes of validation, and it doesn't receive a large amount of positive feedback, this can result in negative body objectification.

Keep in mind that an important part of learning to live life to the fullest is to step away from your mobile device, go outside, and engage with nature.

Learning to Love Yourself

It's certainly not difficult to understand how social media causes eating disorders. Even though social media can be a powerful tool with many positive uses, it can also be a dangerous environment for those with fragile self-esteem.

The link between social media and eating disorders is very apparent and should be of concern, especially to those with kids at home who are prone to peer pressure.

After all, growing into a healthy adult has always been a challenge, but it's never been more difficult than now.

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