University of Oulu

The use of social media on body image and eating behaviors

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Author: Veteläinen, Jere1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
Pages: 18
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : J. Veteläinen, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-19
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


Today’s social media can be seen as more interactive than more traditional mass media. This has led to concerns about its effects on user’s mindset as almost every individual with a capable device can post, like, comment and share pictures online. This thesis aims to comprehend the effects social media can have on its user’s mindset about body image. Disturbing one’s body image can furthermore lead to behavioral changes in eating habits and in its extreme to eating disorders. This is highly important subject to understand given how largely newer social media has integrated into our society. The research is based on literature review of prior studies and no own empirical research was conducted. Reviewing the prior research resulted in a good broad look to what leads to harmful social media use, what comes out of it, and how can we ease the effects of it.

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