Is Media Ruining Body Image?


The images of perfect bodies and gleaming smiles that fill social media are being blamed for causing profound insecurities among many young people.

 

Adolescents has always been a time for feeling awkward and unattractive, a problem made even worse when social media posts suggest everyone else has the perfect figure.

 

Zachary Cullen is a student finishing his freshman year in high school, “I feel like there’s a lot of things you you feel like you need to do and need to be, I feel those things too. ” Cullen says. “In high school, it really changed because there’s a lot more people and a lot more peer pressure to look the best way you can.”

 

And social media isn’t helping those who struggle with body image.

 

 

On the other side of town, counsellor Ryan Sturgeon works with teens who are struggling with body issues, “One in four teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their body.” Sturgeon says. “[And] one in two teen girls, according to Canadian Pediatrics Society.”

 


Though men are typically not the target of beauty campaigns, they are also victims to media’s portrayal of what men should be.

 

Todd M. Wysocki, a professor of Psychology has conducted research in his article, Male Body Image: The Best Kept Secret , “215 college men completed a body image questionnaire developed specifically for this study.” Wysocki says. “More than half indicated some level of body dissatisfaction and 86% identified a desire to change parts of their body.”

 

But are body positive campaigns really aiming to help those who are struggling with body image, or are they a simply a target for advertising agencies?

 

Campaign Backlash

 

Dove, a beauty company that has a well known background in promoting heart felt body acceptance campaigns – received negative backlash when they decided the create shampoo with different “body shapes” to represent the diversity of shapes.

 

Some consumers are not please with Dove’s philosophy behind their new product. (Photo taken from www.Dove.com).


“Our six exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too.” Dove said on
its website.

 

Though on the consumer side of things, Nicolle Neulist is not impressed with the product. “I don’t want fat representation in soap bottle form.” Neulist says, “I’d prefer it in a form of fat people not being systematically treated poorly.”

 

It seems that she is not alone, many people have taken to twitter to voice their opinion.

 

Photo taken from www.twitter.com.

 

Photo taken from www.twitter.com.


Beauty companies that campaign for body positive isn’t fighting the real problem that alot who struggle with their body image: eating disorders.

 

The University of Pittsburgh has researched the correlation between eating disorders and social media. “[The] subjects who spent the most time engaged with social media each day had 2.2 times the risk of developing eating disorders.” The report continues, “ [Additionally,] those who most frequently checked their social media feeds weekly carried 2.6 times the risk.”

 

Back in the city, Cullen is taking a more healthy approach – he has been boxing for almost a year now. “It’s not really how my body looks now,” Cullen says. “It’s how boxing makes me feel. I am more confident in myself.”  

Brief collection of logos and icons for software I have covered in this blog post. Working clockwise from the top: Open Office, OBS, MEGA upload cloud service, Lucid Chart, F.lux

Essential Software for College Students.

Modern students are expected to accomplish rubrics that form curriculum’s. It’s an integral part of education. Other expectations that are essential to college students is getting acquainted with new software, saving on finances and organization, among other drawbacks. I’m Brian Denton, writing this blog in hopes to elaborate how to boil down your college needs with software efficiency.

First wave of software I’m running down will be centric towards word processing. Microsoft’s One Note is available enough for college students as Microsoft offers deals to colleges, but open source softwares such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and AbiWord; all user friendly replacements for Microsoft Word if you don’t have access to One Note. If writing isn’t your forte, or find yourself easily diverted, you might be looking for software such as DarkRoom which is a distraction free word processor. LaTex, which is used for writing down extensive research papers, is recommended for STEM students.

Some students find starting assignments as their biggest obstacle. If this sounds like somebody you know, they may have the option to video record and study off that or build presentations through this action. Open Broadcast Software and Icecream Apps are free softwares used to capture and record audio/video from your desired computer or device, with OBS being used to also livestream your recordings elsewhere.

My final coverage for this blog will be about Organization and Health. Cloud Servers such as Google Drive and MEGA.nz are a good start to storage. LucidChart is a collaborative group editor for flowcharts. 7-Zip is used to compress large files into a single folder, making file sharing that much less painful. TreeSheets is a note management service that structures your notes out in lieu of a tree. Lastly, students should take breaks to relieve any strain on their eyes, with f.lux software, your screen-burned eyes will be tended to after installing this app. F.lux works by taking your systems time and location and applying an algorithm that changes the overall screen colour – or “Temperature” over time or through a schedule. This helps on our eyes as they see light at different depths. Warmer colours are easier on the eyes than colder colours. Having a system that transitions from cold to warm throughout the day may relieve any optical discrepancies you may face as a student glued to several school monitors.

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