Social Media and Ideal Body Image Representation
This research is an independent study of Social Media and Body Image representation focusing on 2015- 2017 trends. Over the years, the issue on how the ‘ideal’ body image is represented on social media has created cause for concern about misrepresentation and health behaviors, but enough research hadn’t been conducted on the topic. In the first section, the author defines body image and social media as simple terms to understand and also talks about the works that scholars have done on the topic. The first goal of the research is to find out the norms of presenting body image on social media. The second goal was no determine the extent of which these norm influence health behaviors of social media users. The author also provides results from textual analysis and surveys based on 80 participants. The final section gives recommendation for future research and further readings.