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Social Media & Body Image
How do teens’ experiences on social media influence their body image? Today’s teens not only have the ability to share their thoughts, their photos, and their videos, they also have 24-hour-a-day access to feedback from others. On social media, teens also have access to an unending stream of other people’s pictures and posts — and let’s not forget, often the most carefully selected and flattering snapshots of their peers. Developmentally, it’s no surprise that teens are lured by the appeal of peer feedback and the opportunity for social approval. But social media create unique challenges for parenting, particularly related to body image.