Facebook leads to self-objectification in young women

A recent study has claimed that young women tend to equate their appearances with images they see on platforms such as Facebook or in magazines. Psychology of Women Quarterly carried the published study.

It found that users of Facebook compare their appearance with their own photos than those of others. In rare instances, these users compare themselves to celebrities or family members.

Lead researcher Jasmine Fardouly said, "Our research shows that spending more time reading magazines and on Facebook is associated with greater self-objectification among young women." She went on to add, "These relationships are influenced by women's tendency to compare their appearance to others, particularly to peers on Facebook."

Researchers have suggested women to post lesser images on platforms such as Facebook, and also follow persons who do not post images regularly. This is to promote a culture where women do not constantly feel the need to look a certain way or conform to set notions of beauty.

The survey included 150 female students of college as well as staff aged between 17-25. It found that women spend around 2 hours every day on Facebook, which accounted for 40 per cent of their internet usage daily. 

Researches also observed that, "Self-comparisons to images of a previous self might engender a greater focus on specific body parts, also contributing to self-objectification."

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