Facebook is integrated in almost every part of daily life. People have it on their laptops, their desktops, their phones, their Kindles, and iPads. They’re telling you where they’re at, what they’re doing, and who they’re with. They’re posting photos galore. But have you ever stopped to think that Facebook might be affecting your body image, or the body image of your teenage son or daughter? A new survey completed by the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, looked at 600 Facebook users (ages 16 to 40). The results showed:
- 75% were unhappy with their body
- 51% said Facebook makes them feel more conscious of their body and weight
- 51% found themselves comparing their bodies with their friend’s bodies
- 32% said they feel sad when they’re looking at their friend’s photos
This study coincides with the results of another recent survey done by the University of Haifa which showed a link between eating disorders and Facebook use. The conclusion is that instant access to pictures makes one feel that they always need to be ready for the camera – this in turns affects body image and the users of Facebook are being negatively affected. 
Social standing is definitely
affected by Facebook – you feel more liked or loved if you have more people
comment or like your photos and posts. If people aren’t interacting with
your social media updates, do you feel lonely or unloved? Are you feeling
more self conscious of what you look like when you know there’s the ability to
have a photo snapped and uploaded to Facebook almost instantaneously?
The pressure that social media has put on daily living is real. Bu it’s important to recognize that your Facebook page doesn’t define who you are, you define who you are.
 Cowdown, Susan, MS. “Survey Links Facebook Use to Negative Body Image.” April 10, 2012. http://eatingdisorders.about.com/b/2012/04/10/survey-links-facebook-use-to-negative-body-image.htm?utm_source=Inside+iaedp%3A+April+19%2C+2012&utm_campaign=iaedp+Teleseminar&utm_medium=email Accessed April 28, 2012.