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Facebook Harms Your Confidence

Facebook Harms Your Confidence

(ePharmaNews) - "I look so fat in this photo", "Have you noticed how much weight my brother have got in the last month?!", "it is better if you go back to the gym again." Those are phrases, comments and responses we read a lot on the pages of the most globally-famous social network; "Facebook". Such comments were cited by a U.S. research centers, in addition to inquiring from participants themselves, to support the results of its recent study which concluded that Facebook makes people more cautious about the size of their waist, more critical for the appearance of their bodies, and more likely to hold on to bad food habits.

According to this study, which looked for the impact of "social media" on the image of the body, it seems to be that "Facebook" has exacerbated the concern of people about their weight through its features that make it easier for users to compare their weight and their bodies in the images taken at different times of their lives, as the study confirms that more than half of the users had such comparisons.

“Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else,” said Dr. Harry Brandt, director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt.

The survey - which included 600 of "Facebook" users between the ages of 16 and 40 years old – revealed that the percentage of users, who are “happy with their weight" does not exceed 25% and 70% would prefer to lose some kilograms of their bodies.

Half of the users also reported that watching their photos on the website made them more cautious about their waist size, while about one-third admitted they feel "sad" when comparing their pictures with their friends'.

It was also remarkable in the survey that 44% of people hesitate in attending social events, as their photos can be uploaded on their friends' "walls" on Facebook. Similarly, some people admitted that they were trying to avoid the cameras in those events when they feel that they were not in their best shape.

Finally, experts suggest that Facebook users should become more vigilant and alert about how to use the site, and how much time to spend on it, warning of its consequences on the person's self confidence and respect.

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Prepared by: Mohammed Kanjo
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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