Nancy Jo Sales
Arts & Culture
Master of Arts (MA)
The relation between social media and teen girls’ body image is nothing new. Studies have been made on platforms like Facebook, and Instagram having a negative impact on young girls.
However, with the inception of TikTok, perpetuations of unrealistic body goals are harder to detect, masked underneath comedic trends on the app. “Body checking” trends are popular on the app, trends in order for one to draw attention to the size and shape of their bodies. It’s a method of encouraging thinspo, the inspiration of being thin. Thinspo which was created on Tumblr, is now evolving on TikTok. In the article, topics on how the app is encouraging eating disorders, and unhealthy expectations are explored.
Elmaliki, Ibtasam and Couloote, Breona, "Harmful “Body-Checking” Trends Have Come to TikTok" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.
Average time spent on social media platforms
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Weekly social media usage of teens between the age of 12 and 17
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Deaths in America from eating disorders
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