More Media, More Problems
Social media is strikingly effective at damaging your life.
Do You have Strong and Positive Body Image?
What you see, surprisingly, is what you or really whom compare yourself to. Whether you are constantly scrolling past beautiful famous people, models, your favorite youtubers, or really just your peers, you are comparing yourself to them. Subconsciously, you are actively looking at yourself, picking out differences. And how you feel about them is greatly influenced by what society and you idealize; it has an effect on all of us. But rarely comparing and contrasting yourself consciously is subject to change, or more precisely was. "Within three years of television being introduced to the region, the amount of girls who induced vomiting to control their weight increased by 11 percent and the amount of girls scoring highly on a test for eating disorder risks increased by 16 percent. Additionally, girls who watched TV three or more nights a week were 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as being "too fat."(Mulliniks, K. (2014). Studies say social media prompts body image discussion)
Social media has only increased the measure and speed of the sudden impacts on our body image to the clinical level. More companies, models, and idolized celebrities are using social media platforms for exposure, ultimately morphing social media into the fast-paced consumer loving, keep scrolling, overwhelming-amount-of-new-information enigma it now is. It is the perfect place for individual communities! Individual negative thin-spirational communities! You heard me right folks, there are popular online communities dedicated to the losing and controlling of weight acting as dysfunctional support groups. They affect the measure of the problem now are pro-anorexia, pro-bulimia, and increase competition amongst people acting in these ways that can kill them, not only skewing how they feel about their behavior with encouragement, but learning new dangerous ways to lose or control weight.
The most common action against this phenomenon is not that effective. Instead of just reporting the images and accounts, maybe we should come together and as a whole start paying less attention to appearance and pride ourselves in other ways.
More People See Your Words Than You Think
A new tool is at play here when you are being accepted into school or a trying to land a job...social media. As the number people who are applying for jobs and schools with social media accounts has risen, the number of employers and schools look you up online when you apply. " More than 90 percent of recruiters check candidates' social media profiles, according to a Jobvite survey of thousands of U.S. companies(Potenza, A. (2014, Oct 06). Guess who's looking at your facebook page.)" Now, people are saying things on their accounts that is offensive in general and not getting admitted into a school or get the job offer. But it does not stop there; if a person complains on their facebook page about their job, it does indeed get spotted.What you say affects how your employer or school feels about you.
The solution is simple. Think before you tweet, google yourself and see how you are portrayed online , and of course boost your privacy settings. "It's important to make sure that you present yourself in a professional manner on your social networking site if you're looking for a job," Barnes says. Some are skeptical that recruiters and admissions officers do as much Web sleuthing as polls suggest."((Potenza, A. (2014, Oct 06). Guess who's looking at your facebook page).
Potenza, Alessandra. "Guess Who's Looking at Your Facebook Page?." New York Times Upfront. 06 Oct. 2014: 14-15. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.