Instagram and Body Image

It’s not at all surprising that researchers have found a link between heavy use of the social media platform Instagram, and anxiety about one’s body image. The study, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture, surveyed one hundred and thirty women ages eighteen to thirty-five. The results showed that frequency of Instagram use is correlated to depressive symptoms, self-esteem, general and physical appearance anxiety, and body dissatisfaction. How does this happen? Instagram and all other visual social media platforms fuel comparison. Looking at touched up, curated, and carefully posed photos that presents others at their best tends to make us feel less than in terms of our own appearance. This is not just an issue for eighteen to thirty-five year old women. We are hearing about the same negative outcomes for children and teens who spend time on social media platforms. Let’s limit our kids time on social media, and teach them to see themselves as God sees and accepts them.